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BOLT Residency

Amber Hawk Swanson

"Shower Curtain Kiss" From the "Amber Doll Project," 2007
"Shower Curtain Kiss" From the "Amber Doll Project," 2007

Amber Hawk Swanson is a video and performance artist living and working in New York City.

"My work blurs the lines between victim and victimizer, care and punishment, self-love and self-objectification to examine the continually unresolved questions of contemporary feminism. I am forever in search of community. I join communities not as an artist, but as someone who wants to belong. The needs, identities, personalities, quirks, and outliers of each community become my obsession. Part of my obsession revolves around the performances of individuals belonging to each community and the reception and interpretation of their performances by outsiders. Communities shape my work, my perceptions, and my self. My recent projects are a result of moving in and out of the doll fetish, powerlifting, and marine mammal activist communities."

Recent exhibitions and screenings include Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Denny Gallery, New York; Momenta Art, Brooklyn, New York; and Locust Projects, Miami. Recent residencies include Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York; Workspace, New York; Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Maine; MacDowell, New Hampshire; Atlantic Center for the Arts, Florida; and Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (NYC).

Visiting-artist appointments include New York University's Tisch School of Arts, New York; McGill University, Montreal, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC; Hunter College, New York; and Fashion Institute of Technology, New York.

Hawk Swanson's work is included in the permanent and MPP collections of the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, and has been profiled and reviewed in The Drama Review, Criticism, GLQ, The Huffington Post, Hyperallergic, and the Associated Press.

Hawk Swanson graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2006 with an MFA in studio arts. 

Learn more about Amber Hawk Swanson's solo BOLT exhibition All That is Left of You / Everything You Are Now.


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