If you like fantasy-themed environments that you can actually visit, than Swoon: Submerged Motherlands at the Brooklyn Museum is right for you. Artist Swoon, whose real name is Caledonia Dance Curry, has been a fixture in the New York area for many years by bringing her special brand of street art to the boroughs. She is best known for her large intricately cut prints pasted onto buildings.
Swoon has upped the ante with Motherlands by transforming the fifth floor rotunda of the museum into a “site-specific” immersive installation featuring a massive sculptural tree set under a 72-foot high dome. The dome itself has an array of specially constructed art at its base, including of figurative portraits, drawings and foliage.
Known for exploring social and environment issues with her work, Swoon’s influences for Motherlands include climate change, Hurricane Sandy and Doggerland, a landmass destroyed 8,000 years ago that once connected Great Britain to Europe.
Swoon: Submerged Motherlands is on view at the Brooklyn Museum through August 24, 2014.