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Yvonne J. Swanson

Sometimes I wish I were starting with a pile. A big heap of wood, fabric, forks, questions, nails, paint, letters, needles, soap, and some other things that would soon smell like hard work and make that sort of noise.

 

This pile I could slowly, then quickly, transform over time. Changing each item, but taking care that I, and they, would resemble their starting point. This pile of stones and sticks, of sweat and tears, of thinking and labor, of ink and knives, stitching and walking, would shift, and morph, and become another pile. And this new, different pile, I could call: “Finished”.

 

Song in my head: Foo Fighters All My Life


Favorite number: 23

Yvonne J. Swanson is an artist who was born and raised in Seattle and currently lives in Salt Lake City. While primarily a painter, Yvonne works in various media. Her work addresses “anxiety and everyday life” or transforming the energy of fear through the process of making art. 

“Rather than allowing this energy to paralyze me, I have tried to use it productively. Using the energy that Fear seems to willingly provide to get art made, has led me to make art about Fear.”

BFA  Earned 2000

Emphasis- Painting

MFA    Earned 2006

Emphasis- Fear/Anxiety

Existing

 

"An ongoing series of narrative paintings... exploring


the difference between being physically or mentally present."

Song in my head: Radiohead How To Disappear Completely

Voodoo 24in x 24in ixed media on masonite
Voodoo 24in x 24in ixed media on masonite
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The Jerk 24in x 24in mixed media on masonite
The Jerk 24in x 24in mixed media on masonite
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Path 24in x 24in mixed media on masonite
Path 24in x 24in mixed media on masonite
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Path #2 24in x 24in mixed media on masonite
Path #2 24in x 24in mixed media on masonite
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Exsting #4 24in x 24in mixed media on masonite
Exsting #4 24in x 24in mixed media on masonite
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Fog 24in x 24in mixed media on masonite
Fog 24in x 24in mixed media on masonite
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Existing Perugia #3 12in x 12in mixed media on masonite
Existing Perugia #3 12in x 12in mixed media on masonite
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Existing Perugia #2 12in x 12in mixed media on masonite
Existing Perugia #2 12in x 12in mixed media on masonite
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Existing Perugia #1  12in x 12in mixed media on masonite
Existing Perugia #1 12in x 12in mixed media on masonite
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Croquet 24in x 24in mixed media on masonite
Croquet 24in x 24in mixed media on masonite
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Existing #5 24in x 24in mixed media on masonite
Existing #5 24in x 24in mixed media on masonite
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Converse 24in x 24in mixed media on masonite
Converse 24in x 24in mixed media on masonite
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Existing #1 24in x 36in mised media on masonite
Existing #1 24in x 36in mised media on masonite
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Sleep Walker #1 24in x 24in mixed media on masonite
Sleep Walker #1 24in x 24in mixed media on masonite
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Sleep Walker #2 24in x 24in mixed media on masonite
Sleep Walker #2 24in x 24in mixed media on masonite
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PUPPETS
"Giving a face to specific fears."

 

Songs in my head: Tori Amos Mr. Zebra and Bjork Hyperballad

 

Astrological: Virgo Sun Aquarius Moon Scorpio Rising Mercury in Leo

Talks Too Much 18in x 5in fabric-felt
Talks Too Much 18in x 5in fabric-felt
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Stupid 22in x 5in mixed media
Stupid 22in x 5in mixed media
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Stupid with Talks Too Much 6in x 9in mixed media on canvas
Stupid with Talks Too Much 6in x 9in mixed media on canvas
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Stupid-Random 12in x 12in mixed media on canvas
Stupid-Random 12in x 12in mixed media on canvas
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Should 19in x 8.5in mixed media
Should 19in x 8.5in mixed media
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Stupid-Talks Too Much-Random Puppet Installation
Stupid-Talks Too Much-Random Puppet Installation
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Puppet Installation (lit with flashlights)
Puppet Installation (lit with flashlights)
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Respect- Look em' in the Eye-You're Doing it Wrong Installation
Respect- Look em' in the Eye-You're Doing it Wrong Installation
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Respect 11in x 8in fabric
Respect 11in x 8in fabric
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Protection 13in x 8in fabric-wood-nails
Protection 13in x 8in fabric-wood-nails
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Loser 14in x 8.5in pulltabs-scratch tickets-fabric
Loser 14in x 8.5in pulltabs-scratch tickets-fabric
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Look em' in the Eye 22in x 7in mixed media
Look em' in the Eye 22in x 7in mixed media
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Empty 14in x 6.5in fabric
Empty 14in x 6.5in fabric
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2Faced 15in x 6.5in fabric-felt
2Faced 15in x 6.5in fabric-felt
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Hump Shapes various sizes- mixed media
Hump Shapes various sizes- mixed media
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Erotica

"...a desire to get back to the figure, or abstracting it, inspired this ongoing series of work."

Songs in my head PJ Harvey Oh My Lover and Ben Kweller On My Way

Man Woman Seal 5.5in x 5.5in mixed media on pine
Man Woman Seal 5.5in x 5.5in mixed media on pine
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Erotica-Kiss Kiss Sketch 5.5in x 5.5in mixed media on pine
Erotica-Kiss Kiss Sketch 5.5in x 5.5in mixed media on pine
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Erotica Sketch Blur 2.5in x 2.5in mixed media on pine
Erotica Sketch Blur 2.5in x 2.5in mixed media on pine
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Erotica- Climb Sketch 5.5in x 5.5in mixed media on pine
Erotica- Climb Sketch 5.5in x 5.5in mixed media on pine
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Night 16in x 20in mixed media on canvas
Night 16in x 20in mixed media on canvas
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Erotica-Wing 24in x 24in mixed media on canvas
Erotica-Wing 24in x 24in mixed media on canvas
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Erotica-Climb 24in x 24in mixed media on canvas
Erotica-Climb 24in x 24in mixed media on canvas
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Dream 16in x 20in mixed media on canvas
Dream 16in x 20in mixed media on canvas
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Daydream Sketch  9.5 in x 4.5in approx mixed media on paper
Daydream Sketch 9.5 in x 4.5in approx mixed media on paper
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