Quintessa Swindell: Well, well, well. Hello again. I met you a while ago— well, I say that, but it’s been quite some time.
Precious Okoyomon and Quintessa Swindell Are Dangerously Optimistic
Both Precious Okoyomon and Quintessa Swindell have refined the art of commingling beauty and darkness. In Okoyomon’s 2022 installation at the Okayama Art Summit, Touching My Lil Tail Till the Sun Notices Me, a giant underwear-clad teddy bear lies in an empty outdoor pool, a tableau at once tender and menacing. Swindell’s recent starring role opposite Sigourney Weaver in last year’s thriller Master Gardener—a quiet film about obsession, romance, and utopic redemption—conjures a vulnerable character shrouded in an air of foreboding. But the artist-chef-poet and the actor have their own ways of grounding themselves. For Okoyomon, it’s their poodle, Gravity. For Swindell, it’s traversing the agave-lined streets of Los Angeles on their vintage motorcycle. With each project, the pair confronts us with buried truths about the world we inhabit, and leaves us craving more.