Coralie Swaney

Category
Paint, Sculpture

Coralie Swaney

Painter…From time to time you notice something unexpectedly beautiful in the most ordinary situation; the overlooked corner will tell the story of the people not present; something will tug at you and you take a second look. I hope to provide the viewer with that same sort of connection and maybe prompt them to look closer at the world that they pass through. As an artist I am not so much an explorer of the human condition as a wide-eyed tourist, making snapshots of whatever strikes my fancy. I paint primarily in acrylics, sometimes venturing into oils when I am not feeling the need for instant gratification. I am a self-proclaimed colour-holic. Stylistically, I think of my work as lifelike rather than realistic, and quite often of late, I am am inclined toward complete suspension of reality. I try to make art that is intellectually accessible and aesthetically smile invoking.

Sculptor…In 1997 I discovered polymer clay; the perfect medium for creating my vision. My characters represent an idea rather than an individual and I shamelessly embrace stereotypes. I approach my characters as though I were the director of a group of actors that I costume and coerce into the characters of the story I want to tell. They all tend toward over acting.

I strive to keep it fun because laughing matters. Originally from New Zealand, I now make my home in Gibsons, BC where I am a member of the Sunshine Coast Artists Co-operative.