When I began the 5 week adventure of volunteering for Swoon I was filled with excitement about this opportunity, I began work the second day of school (I’m attending UC for my MFA in fine art, I’m in my first year and had moved to Cincinnati 2 weeks previous) near my house at The American Sign Museum. (The front half of their facility showcases many neon signs (I later took my self and parents back for a tour and we loved it. I also stumbled into their old location where Essex Studio is now located.)) There were 12 volunteers and I happened into a similar schedule with Lynne, a docent of the CAC, she and I spent many hours side by side cutting and talking. My first day I was only able to cut out one piece but as I invested more time I could cut as many as 5 pieces in a day. These works had a paper print out of the design and eight layers of tracing paper.
As time progressed we moved back and forth from these cut outs, we also cut tiles that were pasted to the wall of the 4th floor ascending into the 5th and I worked with another member of the team on approximately a 15 foot cut out of what might be a tree’s bark.
When we were in the American Sign Museum, I would come in one day and as I stayed for a few hours a new wall would be built, pasted/assembled/painted, and then would come down to go to the CAC. The fast pace amazed me, we were all hands of a giant vision.
The enormity and vastness of her/their works began to have a huge impact as the layers were assembled. Callie operates under the title Swoon Studio, it represents the collaborative and collective effort of the many hands that go into their projects.