Alixa and Naima, 2008
108 x 144 inches
Collection of Gordon Locksley and George T. Shea
In this mixed-media piece, street-and-graffiti artist Swoon creates a backdrop of different materials and patterns to stand in for her usual milieu—the walls of buildings or public places in New York. The two figures depicted in this sculpture are Brooklyn- based poets and fellow street artists Alixa and Naima. Known for using art and poetry as tools for education, community organizing, and social activism, these two women seek to overcome destructive elements with creativity. By using salvaged materials as her backdrop, Swoon (a pseudonym she uses to avoid legal prosecution) underscores the importance of environmentally responsible art making, while paying homage to her subjects.