Lisa Swerling, ‘This is what Humanity looks like’, 2017, Headlands Center for the Arts: Benefit Auction 2017

Lisa Swerling makes Glass Cathedrals, a series of hundreds of miniature worlds in boxes. The dioramas express big ideas with the smallest of helpers – tiny ping-pong-playing gods, evergreen couples, heroes from novels, Hollywood stars. They travel through glittering universes like giants—pursuing the beauty of where we are, right now. Born and raised in Cape Town, Lisa moved to London as a teenager. She studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University, followed by Art at Central St. Martins in London. Since 2010 she has lived with her family in Marin, California. Glass Cathedrals have been exhibited at Modern Art Oxford, United Kingdom; Yorkshire Sculpture Park, United Kingdom; The Affordable Art Fair London, Battersea and Hampstead; Art Market San Francisco; AAF New York; London Art Fair; Royal College of Art 20/21; Art Chicago; Chelsea Art Fair; Celebration of Craftswomen, San Francisco; Palo Alto Festival of the Arts; and Dwell on Design, Los Angeles.
–Courtesy of Headlands Center for the Arts