Gio Swaby is a multidisciplinary artist whose textile-based practice explores the intersections of Blackness and womanhood.
Art Institute Chicago
Her embroidered portraits are anchored in the connections she forges with her subjects: each portrait begins with a photo shoot in which her sitters are captured in a moment of self-awareness and empowerment. In her textile interpretations, Swaby foregrounds their hair, clothing, and jewelry—highlighting and celebrating the subjects’ use of fashion as unapologetic self-definition and self-expression.
April 8, 2023