HOLISTIC SCENOGRAPHIC MURALS & ARCHITECTURAL METAMORPHOSIS
AN OCEAN'SKY POETRY FOR OUR TIMES
ART COLLECTORS HAVE COMMONLY FOUND IN HER WORKS A REMINISCENCE IN STYE, WITH THE PAINTINGS OF HOKUSAI, FOR OFTEN BEING REFERRED TO HIS WAVES - WITH THE LINES OF ZAHA HADID FOR BOTH BEEING DRIVEN BY THE SHAPES OF DUNES, REMINISCENT OF SWAY'S LARGE SCALE OCEAN'SKIES - WITH ROBERTO MATTA FOR HER «SOULSCAPES» VERSUS HIS «INSCAPES» - AND AT LAST, WITH FRIDA KAHLO FOR A SIMILAR DESTINY, AND PROCESSES OF HOLISTIC VISUALISATION.
SWAY emerging from the European abstract expressionist muralist Jeanne Ricketts, is born in Paris in the 70s from a transcultural lineage of interdisciplinary artists and spent the majority of her life painting around the mediterranean on her favorite theme - the soul - which in the age of artificial intelligence (AI) competes with (EI) Emotional intelligence.
From 1998 SWAY mingled with RAZZIA, the official LVMH poster artist, and painted privately on a regular basis at "Castel Caramel" in the south of france with surrealist ERNST FUCHS who often collaborated with DALI and HUNDERTWASSER.
in the jubilee year 2000, SWAY was commissioned by the French government to create her first chapel mural built in 1646 in La doire de séranon, entitled, "Heavenly kingdom, earthly kingdom" a 8x10m fresco painted in layers of shades of colors, revealing the illusion of an earthly heaven, which took her six months of hermitage to complete. - This chapel triggered the next commissioned chapel work in 2002, "Venite ad Me" a 3x5m mixed media mural for Carmelite chapel in the south of france.
Ever since she regularly swayed from her various ephemeral art studios, to her uncle's estate, who invited her with his wife to paint in one of their towers in Jettingen’s Castle, birth place and home of Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg. - anchoring SWAY’s call in painting salvational and conscious awakening themes.
SWAY was awarded in Paris for "Arts and World Culture" at UNESCO in September 2015 via her visionary holistic portraits and speech on "genocide, art and peace" at the occasion of the centenary of the Armenian genocide. - The following year SWAY presented a holistic family portrait entitled “our eldest brother Iraq & sister Syria” at United Nations in Geneva.
SWAY graduated in arts & fashion In 1994 from the hkw school in baden-wurttemberg, germany. in the same year she traveled between the cote d'azur and rhodos to collaborate with architects and artists, as well as studying byzantine iconography under eva vlavianos, which marks her main influence in her style today.
Graduating in '97 with awards from the Institut Guégan (Brittany, F) in decorative arts, murals and scenography, collectors recognise SWAY’s striking trademark in her series of ‘soulscapes’ and abstract- figurative works.
Her slogan that «everything feels everything», holistically shaped her art-purpose, serving a missing puzzle beyond the conventional art scene.
Swaying from her almost aboriginal opaque paintings and holistic street-art to short films, poetry, diluted inks painted over depleted photographs and drawings, which she sets into motion via backlight cuttings, to SWAY’s ethereal murals in various chapels and castles, scaffolds what is yet to come towards the next leap in cultural evolution.-
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017 - 2019 represented artist of ESPRONCEDA
center for Art & culture, Barcelona
Last Show prior closure at AMINIART, Monte Carlo, with Arman, Louis Cane, Nicole Cane, César, Hans Hartung, Yves Klein, Gilles Miquelis, Jeanne Ricketts, Mimmo Rotella, Andy Warhol.
ART-AFFAIR Carlton Intercontinental Art fair, Cannes, F
S.O.S (Save Our Souls) - acquired sculpture by Prince Albert II during Sotheby's auction in Monaco.
U.M.A.M. Biennale de l'Union Méditerranéenne pour l'Art Moderne, hosted by Gallerie Ferrero, Nice, F
ACID - group exhibition on the theme of the Lemon, curated by Hugues de la Touche, Musée Carnoles, Menton, F
S O L O P R O J E C T S
January 2013 - now
TRAPPED IN FREEDOM is an auto-portrayal 13 min short-film on what drives an artist on Monaco ground, reflecting relevant truths about the universal puzzle of our unity. Written, performed and produced from the 12.12.12. till now, with all paintings by Jeanne Ricketts. Filmed and Edited in Paris by Franz Fox Kennedy (FFK). in June 2015 it was reedited and filmed by Thierry Chabaud whilst reprojected onto her 1st Chapel mural in La Doire. Music by courtesy of FFK and John Wentz. Reviewed by Claude Grunitzky.
2013 - 2019
SWAYSWAY® - new brand - entrepreneurial art projects for confidential projects.
Lucifer's Confession, Trapped in Freedom II
filmed at villa Solitude by Franz Fox Kennedy
Plage Mala, Cap D’ail
Dec 19th - Jan 19th 2016
SEASOUL / OCEAN'S CALLIGRAPHY
Mektub is Written in the Sea (Seasoul-series)
*$TREETARTING* in Monte Carlo, Park Palace Galleries Composed of two series of 2.44 x 4,80 meters. Acrylics on 8 wooden billboards extracted of the former 85 linear meters original wave, painted over 3 nights in July 2014.
ARTPILGRIMS Jeanne Ricketts' art movement initiative filmed, edited, co-written and produced with the help of the Artpilgrims.
THE RENEWAL HEDGE - a 12m STREET ART Billboard on the Rock of Monaco. "VEG'ANIMAL-HUMA'ELEMENTS. 4 Natures United 4 Life."
SEASOUL - a 2,5x30m STREET ART billboard on the harbour of Monaco painted over night.
SURRENDER - egg tempera triptych having served for a 300m2 chapel project.
ADAMO ED EVA - Privately commissioned project
AND THIS IS IRAQ - Privately commissioned project
GREENERGY series on wind power & electric pillars, privately commissioned project. First Energy Bank Collection, Bahrain
Nov 4th 2008
MAHATMA (great soul) - representing a sketch of GANDHI, LUTHER KING, MANDELA & OBAMA , STARS'N'BARS (MC) during the US Elections
VIA CARDIA a 120 x 160 modern Icon of the Via Crucis, Byzantine technique, inaugurated by the Mayor of Seranon, Chapel of La Doire
de Seranon, F
MONACO STAMP DESIGN - celebrating the Centenary of Cap D'ail, F
MILOS - painted photograph project / volcanic island, Milos, Greece
2003 - 2008
SOUL BATTLE - Chapel project for a 300m2 ceiling (details on request)
VENITE AD ME - a mural of 5 x 2,8 m created for the entrance of the Carmelite Chapel of Monaco inaugurated by H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, Mgr. Barsi & Folon's ceramic wall.
DESERT SPIRIT - painted photograph series project /
1999 - 2000
HEAVENLY / EARTHLY KINGDOM - Chapel of La Doire (F), built in 1646 A six months long hermit experience for a 7 x 6 m wide mural .
VIDA CUBANA - painted photograph project / Havana, Cuba
SHY GLAM - a 5 meter long mural in the tower staircase of Schloss Bueckeburg, Germany
1994 - 1999
Various private mural commissions in villas and castles across Europe
"Out of a deep urge, observing the general polarization of the world between extremes we had a desire to preserve a more holistic approach.. since autumn 2012 we put thoughts into action creating art pilgrims, a transcultural think-tank together with satish kumar, a disciple of mahatma gandhi, as well as claude grunitzky and many more.
the core of its essence is now flowing into SWAY®, the next leap in cultural evolution, which scope will be revealed in due time
"as i create, I seek wholeness via my series on "fusions" / Merging souls and holistic portraits of countries. these semi-abstract works are visual analogies of the soul's inscapes, which may be perceived as the actual body of anything alive in a world of transient things. "
- jr / SWAY®
"It's only once we realize
the world has become a prison
with invisible walls
of distractions & revelations,
that we're allowing ourselves
to find ways to escape and free
one another, just for the sake
of being paradise birds.."
"The eye of the soul
catches sequences of
the present in eternity."
"In trance's trace, art translates
the broad spectrum of reality
into a mixed media language of
serendipity, tragedy and poetry."
with my paintbrush,
tapped in mixed media,
I tend to occasionally
end up in short films -
"Trapped in Freedom"
JANUARY - open end 2017
private view at former Romy Schneider's
Villa Solitude Mala Beach, Cap D'ail, France
April 16th 2016
"EMBRACING THE UNKNOWN"
- Private View at "Villa Solitude",
FORMER ROMY SCHNEIDER'S VILLA
Mala Beach, Cap D’ail, France
April 14th - July 30th 2015
retrospective of 45 pieces at the Château de Taulane with a reprojection of her short
film « Trapped in Freedom » onto her mural
in the Chapel of la Doire de Séranon
ANTIBES ART FAIR,
exhibited by Galerie Montaigne
THE jR EXPERIENCE
Live performance in a private gallery in NYC
Retrospective '01 - '11
On Port Hercules,
Chapel Sancta Maria di Oliva,
- east / west
Recent works exhibited
by Galerie Aminiart,
A W A R D S
Awarded Winner of the
International Competition of "Arts
and World culture" for development
of the author's innovation method
of the Art Therapy Program via the International University of