A native New Yorker, Deirdre H. Swords began her artistic journey in Brooklyn, New York in the late 90s. Since then she has had solo shows and participated in numerous group shows in New York City and surrounding areas.
She currently lives and works in Harlem, New York City.
My aim is to reflect upon the struggles and victories of the human spirit. Four qualities I follow and feel closely are: sorrow, resilience, prayer and joy. As an artist of European descent I was raised in the traditions of western art but for the past 30 years the arts of Asia and Africa have more deeply inspired me and have had a tremendous impact upon my imagination - in both form and content.
I am in dialogue with great artists from other parts of the world with artistic appreciation and the utmost respect and gratitude for their profound expressions of humanity’s fundamental goodness and resilience.
I think art has the power to create social change... and that artists and their champions have a great responsibility.