Thursday, July 24, 2014


The light of George

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A not so sure George

(I got the Millay check today, after waiting for it this past month. I can't help to think that it was meant to come this particular day.)

I want to track it's spending, the first three dollars go to the following;
 Diane Jacob's project $PEAK OUT:

The staggering statistic that around the world at least 1 woman in every 3 has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime requires us to act. 

$PEAK OUT is about engaging the public to respond to this crisis and ending the silence. Through outreach, people from all walks of life will participate and react to these atrocities with their voices on their money. This act of transforming individual statements and drawings into a collective artwork is compelling. The power is in the numbers, yet what touches the heart is each handwritten expression. Money buys inequality, injustice, and violence. Money procures policy-making and military action. Money captures attention.
The goal for $PEAK OUT is to generate a paradigm shift. Imagine thousands, hundreds of thousands, a million - even a billion’s worth of bills hung on austere white museum walls, in university galleries, and community public spaces. Massive displays of money generate a visceral reaction. At closer inspection, individual messages are revealed. The work is unified by the continuity of material and method. Each personalized script is precisely cut. 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


You, madam, are the point

whatisthepointvideo from Tereza Swanda on Vimeo.

I love you, dear soul. Rest in peace.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

my stain and participation, blue to red

Impermanent foundation

This was the house I called home. I spent hours observing every slug and snail in the yard. I climbed the cherry tree at the edge of the property and picked forest strawberries on the side of the house while regular berries had a devoted plot in the back.We played with a marble on the winding staircase between the floors, to the great dismay of our grandmother who worried about someone slipping on the glass ball. (No-one ever did.) I can describe in detail the furniture in every room on that top floor that now the air flows through. 

This building was built by the Germans in the war. It has a vantage point of overlooking the town in the valley. My grandfather (by marriage) acquired this house for his good service after the war. He had enormous scar along the edge of his belly. It cut into his round flesh right along his ribs. My grandmother acquired him after both had devoted themselves to others, had children, but were reunited in their forties, too old to have children of their own. He rocked me on his knees and I thought I had his blue eyes, not yet knowing the lineage. (I didn't look into my fathers eyes to discover the blueness there.)

The building was leveled last week. 

MVI 4811 from Tereza Swanda on Vimeo.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Our Red Books

Our red books
Two Aspects Of The Same Thing In The Same Space
Oil, Pencil, Paper on Canvas
48" x 60"
Studio walls and table
24/7, 365
Used dishtowels stretched over wood
8" x 8" each
Working on creating one for each day, each meal, each day
24/7, 365 detail
Used dishtowels stretched over wood
8" x 8" each

studio wall
Possible sketches for larger porcelain pieces

studio wall

Speak With The Hand (After Tapies)

Thursday, July 10, 2014

questioning the forefathers

Questioning the spikes of this forefather
(That strange ruffle is in almost every painting,etching of him)

Also which was his right side?
The dollar bill seems to be just a horizontal flip of his paintings- thus:

(Always with Anitra on my mind and her flipped Mandelas)

Creating soaps of our forefathers, to be installed for use in public restrooms.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

reveiwing Montessori

Preparation for human society is based on the activities of children who act, urged on by the needs of their nature, in a limited world corresponding to the frame.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Conclusions (from Millay) and the Beginning








1.      Untitled, (Girl Within)
 Unfired clay on plaster, 2014
 Housedress on US flag, 2008

2.     Untitled, (Girl)
My daughter’s left over banana stubs and cleaning rag over clay bust, 2014

3.     Untitled (Mutual Cleanse)
Carved and painted soap, washed, 2011-present

4.     Untitled (Objects)
Gauze, 2011

5.     Remains
Sumi ink and shell in jar lid, washed, 2012

6.     Shells
Spoon in glove of easel, 2012
Oxide on egg shell, 1998-present

7.     Unstable (Us, Them)
Unfired clay in water, 2014
Oil on canvas and wall, 2001

Sunday, July 6, 2014

launched my website!