Gio Swaby: Fresh Up
This debut of the 29-year-old Bahamian-born artist aims to redefine the often-politicized Black body, with portraits made in a range of textile-based techniques, such as embroidery and appliqué, celebrating Black women.
Gio Swaby’s intimate portraits are unique, highly personal figurative works made from an array of colorful fabrics and intricate, freehand lines of thread on canvas that explore the intersections of Blackness and womanhood. Illustrated with 80 works in full color that span from 2017 to 2021, this is the first book on this contemporary feminist artist who is a rising star in the world of textiles and portraiture. According to Swaby, “I wanted to create a space where we could see ourselves reflected in a moment of joy, celebrated without expectations, without connected stereotypes.”
Writers and scholars with multiple points of view take on Swaby’s work and delve into her place within contemporary Black art.
Hardcover: 104 pages
Dimensions: 8.82 x 0.65 x 12.31 inches
Gio Swaby is a Bahamian interdisciplinary visual artist currently represented by Claire Oliver Gallery. She is known for her textile portraits that explore and celebrate Blackness.
Swaby graduated with an Associate of Arts degree in Fine Art from The University of The Bahamas and with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Film, Video and Integrated Media from Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Swaby's multimedia practice encompasses textile, installation, collage, performance and video.
She has exhibited in several galleries and museums including Claire Oliver Gallery in New York City, Die Textile in Schmallenberg Germany and The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas.
Swaby is currently an MFA candidate at OCAD university in Toronto, Canada where she resides.
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