Swooning for SWOON in Detroit
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.
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.
“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.’”
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.