Gio Swaby: Fresh up
Swaby works in series form, and the exhibition will feature bodies of work spanning 2017 through 2021. Growing up surrounded by the threads and fabrics of her mother, a seamstress, Swaby chooses to work in mediums traditionally associated with domesticity as a means to imbue her works with familiarity, labor, and care. Swaby upends tradition, however, and gives the sewing medium a sense of monumentality with the life-size series Pretty Pretty. The subjects are intricately rendered in freehand lines of thread, and shown on the reverse side of the canvas so that the stitching process—its knots and loose threads, so often hidden—is visible. There’s a vulnerability to “showing the back,” but Swaby embraces and elevates the imperfections.
Exhibition travel package: Available here
Museum of Fine Arts (St. Petersburg, FL), May 28 – October 9, 2022
Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL), April 8 – July 3, 2023
Peabody Essex Museum (Salem, MA), August 12 – November 26, 2023
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