Something In Waiting, 2016
Swanson has been commissioned to create a new work especially for Precarious Balance in the North Gallery. She often uses drawing and sculpture as a method of teasing out abstract ideas; this work explores rituals and superstitions surrounding luck, power and the relationship between people and plants. There is a measured yet organic approach to her works - an unsettling balance between the natural and man-made. Swanson has contrasted the architecture of the gallery with the bodily scale and fragility of her sculptures and drawings. The grandiose pyramid-shaped skylights host delicate handmade ceramic ‘s’ hooks that trail down to meet a dried four leaf clover in a gesture of hopefulness in the face of futility.