Carly Swenson • nakedcarlyart
Carly Swenson is an intuitive painter originally from northern Montana. She spent more than a decade working primarily as a mixed media artist before shifting to acrylics.
Swenson received a BFA in Visual Arts with an Art History Minor from Bemidji State University. During and after university, she traveled and lived abroad, studying in China, traveling throughout Europe, and living both in England and the Azores.
Exposure to other cultures combined with her passion for art history influences and inspires her work. This is especially evident in her earlier mixed media work, playing off themes of the feminine ideal, gender roles, and beauty expectation.
As she evolved into an intuitive artist, Swenson’s work gained its own unique presence. Viewers are invited to lose themselves, to mindfully engage with their own individual emotional responses and visual interpretations as they view the work.
Swenson’s work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions throughout the US and internationally. Her freelance writing and mixed media journals have been published in nationally distributed art magazines. She has facilitated art workshops for various age groups. Swenson’s work is also included in the permanent art collections of Angra do Heroismo Museum (Azores, Portugal) and Bemidji State University (Bemidji, MN).
Currently, she lives in St. Paul, MN with a smart little dog and a weird little cat. They’re nice.