Swenson’s work is historically driven in form and surface. He has spent the last couple of years combining motifs from different cultures that have similarities in feeling or shape or theme. Those motifs and patterns are then “patch worked” together to make ceramic work that pays homage to the history while collaging them in a contemporary fashion.
“My work is about nostalgia and play. These pieces are meant to evoke feelings of times past, and to revere the motifs and patterns from historical decorative arts. They offer a contemporary perspective of those traditions while re-contextualizing their content. These objects are meant to embellish the home and daily practices, as well as to provide their services and entertainment.”