Street artist Swoon (real name Caledonia Dance Curry) presented her new installation last week at the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA). Thalassa, named after and inspired by the Greek goddess of the sea, is a 20-foot tall piece depicting a female deity with tentacles rising from the waters. It connects to New Orleans’ relationship with the sea as a port city and the disasters that have occured there in recent years. The Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the museum, Miranda Lash, commented:
As an artist known for intricate and evocative work both in gallery spaces and in the streets, Swoon was an ideal artist for NOMA to engage with. Her installation invigorates our Great Hall with powerful imagery, and positions the museum as a window to artistic currents flowing outside our doors. Swoon has a talent for transforming the everyday into the mythical.
[via Lost At E Minor]