For the first issue of SWAG, 12 artists contributed to this experimental zine project. Each artist submitted an artwork which was then anonymously shared to another participating artist- who reciprocated a written response. The responses could take any form and range from essay, poetry, free-form and fiction.
Through the anonymous exchange of imagery and ideas, we get a look into the way each artist thinks, imagines and makes. Snapshots of stories, moments and processes are revealed both through the imagery and through the reciprocated responses. By removing the person and context behind an image, we remove preconceived ideas or meaning and are forced to confront our own experiences and perspectives. Where do our stories intersect? Where do they diverge?
This past year has been one of isolation and of slowing down- for better or worse. A potentially challenging time to process our own experiences let alone that of others. SWAG was formed as a way to push ourselves to connect when perhaps our environments and energies would wish to do otherwise.
All proceeds go towards the creation of a physical project space and future exhibitions.
‘Octopus Legs,’ by Hannah Campion. Paper, paint and staples.
Photo by Colin Davison