We spent 60 seconds with Caledonia Dance Curry, aka Swoon.



A Hot Minute With Swoon

With a name like Caledonia Dance Curry, you’d be pretty much destined to become a legendary artist floating around a freshly composed beauty parlor-inspired installation in a loosely-knit semi-sheer dress. That’s how we spotted our girl (more commonly known as Swoon) here at the Juxtapoz Clubhouse on this half sunny/half torrential Miami Friday, after which we promptly sat down over mimosas and nail polish for a quick 60-second chat.

In a nutshell—can tell us about all the cool things you’re doing at Art Basel this year? 

Here at the Juxtapoz Clubhouse, we’ve sort of done like a pop-up performance installation (I’ve done this a couple of times) where we set up an artist-run beauty salon, and it’s been super fun for artists and for people who participated in it. So we just decided to do another one for Basel and we kind of set up this installation that people can hang out in at any point. Then the real performance and party is gonna happen tomorrow night.

And tomorrow’s your birthday! 

Yeah, so it’s also gonna be a kind of birthday party.

What would be your dream birthday trip? Like, if you could go anywhere for one day, where would you go?

I would go scuba diving againsomewhere in Indonesia. 

Dope. What are you most looking forward to this Basel, outside of work stuff?

I wanna see the Patricia Field show, and I mostly just go through the fairs and just be like a mental vacuum and suck in everything that we see. And it’s kind of slightly demoralizing and exhausting and sort of amazing at the same time. So, yeah, I’m looking forward to that amazing and horrific process. 

If you weren’t an artist, what do you think you would be?

Maybe a writer. 

What would you write about?

I don’t know, I think that I would write…I don’t fucking know actually. I have no idea! I would be a terrible novelist because I don’t dream up characters. But I really think about human emotion and interaction and then also a bit about politics, so I have a sense that that would be a part of it. Or maybe I would be a teacher, yeah…I have no idea. I mean I’ve wanted to be an artist since I was so little that I literally never entertained another career path. So I’m always like, yeah, what could do I do, basically nothing [laughs]. 

Last questionwhats your favorite candy?

I loveeee matcha green tea dark chocolate.

Featured image courtesy of brooklynstreetart.com

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