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Swooning for SWOON in Detroit

Photo ©Molly Krause/Molly Krause Communications

Photo ©Molly Krause/Molly Krause Communications

This fall, Detroit’s art scene is percolating: with a recent addition to Murals in the Market, Red Bull House of Art’s latest artist in residency cycle with Beau Stanton, Lala Abaddon and Coby Kennedy, and a series of projects by none other than Swoon herself. The artist is touching Detroit in three ways; Thalassa, a 20 foot installation at the Detroit Institute of Arts, a mural in the Jefferson-Chalmers district, and a very personal solo exhibition at Library Street Collective.

Photo ©Molly Krause/Molly Krause Communications

Photo ©Molly Krause/Molly Krause Communications

The Light After is an exploration into “empathetic death experience,” a phenomenon of synchronicity, a feeling of shared death experience when a loved one passes. The exhibition was created.

Photo ©Molly Krause/Molly Krause Communications

Photo ©Molly Krause/Molly Krause Communications

“When my mother passed away in 2013, I was asleep at the time. I awoke inside a dream to see falling snow. The snow started to open up into blossoms of light as it passed through my body, and it carried with it my mother’s voice. I woke up knowing that my mother had passed away, but I felt a little crazy for believing such a thing possible. My sister called shortly after to confirm that my mom had indeed passed. In the years following this intensely strange and profound experience, I discovered through research that it was a rare but extant phenomenon called the ‘empathetic death experience.’”

Photo ©Molly Krause/Molly Krause Communications

Photo ©Molly Krause/Molly Krause Communications

This “snow” covers the gallery from floor to ceiling, with intricately cut paper and Mylar, to give an ethereal sensation that is both calming and emotionally evocative. I hope to see this beautiful installation myself. It runs at the Library Street Collective through November 26.

Photo ©Molly Krause/Molly Krause Communications

Photo ©Molly Krause/Molly Krause Communications

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