Hallway, Grand Rapids, MI

by Carolyn Swiszcz

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Artist Statement

 

This hallway, from the Homewood Suites in Grand Rapids, MI, is one of the "thin places" I've encountered on recent travels. A "thin place," from Celtic Christianity, is a place (in the words of author Sylvia Maddox) "where the veil that separates heaven and earth is lifted and one is able to receive a glimpse of the glory of God." Admittedly, my thin places are rather mundane; when the "veil" lifts for me while looking at something like this hallway, I am more often presented with a pleasant kind of dread rather than a holy vision. I try to bring the unpredictability of printmaking to my paintings and work on paper. The carpeting that so captured my attention was rendered with a linoleum cut.

 

Carolyn Swiszcz

 

Born and raised in New Bedford, Massachusetts, Carolyn Swiszcz moved to Minnesota to attend the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, where she earned a BFA in 1994. In the late 90s she spent three winters in Miami on a fellowship from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. The look of Miami Beach was changing from faded 1950s apartment buildings to shiny new condo towers; these surroundings are what originally inspired her to paint buildings that seem to be slated for destruction.  Swiszcz's work has been exhibited at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, The Drawing Center, Highpoint Center for Printmaking, the Corcoran Gallery of Art and M.Y. Art Prospects Gallery in New York. She lives in West Saint Paul, Minnesota, a place that she and her husband, photographer Wilson Webb, celebrated in a popular song and on YouTube.

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