Debra Wilson works under artist name Boa Swindler, and her work initiates from issues surrounding the language (visual & verbal) of power and persuasion. Her collage and assemblage practice is informed by the techniques of the Dadaists and frequently employs the use of visual puns.

One of Swindler’s recent bodies of work, MFB (Music For Brainwashing), takes its cue from the 'cheesy listening' record label MFP (Music For Pleasure) and examines the not so easy lyrics associated with 'mellow' music. MFB is a comment on the misogyny still rampant in our society, especially given the recent vile attacks on academic Mary Beard. Swindler also looks at the role of women as ‘colluders’, or willing participants in ‘everyday sexism’, reinforcing female insecurities and hindering female equality.

“Boa Swindler takes the stuff of our covertly misogynist culture she calls ‘everyday sexism’ in her witty ‘Music for Brainwashing’ series. Through her palette of seemingly democratic language and found images, she reveals how we are all colluders in this culture of demeaning.”
Kate Brindley, KEEPING IT REAL - In Teesside and East London, North South Divine catalogue, 2013

Swindler trained in printmaking and painting at CSM, LCC and UEL. Internationally exhibited, including the 53rd & 54th Venice Biennale, her work is in private collections in New York, Tokyo, Zurich and London, including the Factory Art Collection and the V&A Museum. In 2008, she established WW Contemporary Art with fellow artist and curator Chiara Williams. Boa lives and works in Stoke Newington, North East London.



Central St Martins
London College of Communications
University of East London
University of Greenwich

selected exhibitions

2013 - Directors' Cut, WW Gallery, 30 October - 30 November
2013 - Together, curated by Enzo Marra 6th June-6th July 2013, Occupy My Time Gallery
2013 - NORTH SOUTH DIVINE at WW Gallery 3rd April – 11th May 2013 on tour at Platform-A Gallery, Middlesbrough 17th May – 20th June 2013

2012 - The Xmas BOGOF, WW Gallery, 19th – 22nd Dec 2012
2012 - 'Collectible' Zeitgeist Project Space, London April 2012
2012 - Diamond Geezer, group show at WW Gallery, May-June 2012

2011 - POW! | WW @ Crunch 2011 The Art & Philosophy Festival at Hay (18 - 20 Nov)
GFEST 2011, 7 - 20 November: Dreamspace Gallery
2011 - Oli Bennett Secret Cards, Westminster School in London (June)2011 - ‘Afternoon Tea', 54 th Venice Biennale, Collateral Exhibition, Venice, Italy (May-June)
2011 - ‘Art Star Superstore' Art Projects, London Art Fair (19-23 Jan)

2010 - 'Austerity Xmas BOGOF', WW Gallery, London (Dec)
2010 'Time', WW gallery, London (may-july)
2010 'Drink & Dial', WW gallery, London (march-may)

2009 'Both Ends Burning', WW gallery, London (nov-dec)
2009 “Noise of Art”, East End Arts Club, London (sept)
2009 “Summer Exhibitionists”, WW gallery, London (june-july)
2009 “Travelling Light”, WW Gallery/Pharos gallery, London and 53rd Venice Biennale (collateral event).
2009 “Parental Guidance”, WW gallery, London (march-april)
2009 “Mink Schmink”, WW gallery, London (jan-feb)

2008 “I Saw Three Ships”, WW gallery, London (nov-dec)
2008 “I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night”, WW gallery, London (sep-oct)

2004 'Fighting Back' Stop Violence Against Women Amnesty International Japan Exhibition, group show, Moto-Azabu Gallery, Tokyo.
2002 'Made in England', Vortex Gallery, London, curated by Deb Covell
2001 'Stranded', Old Aldwych station London, curated by Grenville Davey
2001 'Out of the Ashes', WASP, Edinburgh
2000 'Post Mental Tension', Vortex Gallery, London
1994, 'Viva Frisuren', Zurich
1987 - 1989 Group exhibitions at Jus de Pomme Gallery, New York


WW Gallery, July-September 2010


Works held in public & private collections in New York, Tokyo, Zurich and London, including:
The V&A Museum and The Factory Art Collection
2013 North South Divine catalogue, 'Keeping it Real', Kate Brindley
2011 Resonance 104.4 FM with ALISN, preview discussion for EAO Goldsmiths conference on 24th November
2011 Profile in State Magazine ‘Hackney's Art Beat' by Michaela Freeman
2011 Catalogue for ‘Afternoon Tea' collateral exhibition part of ‘UK at the 54th Venice Biennale', WW Gallery.
2011 London Art Fair Guide

2009 Catalogue for ‘Travelling Light' collateral exhibition part of ‘UK at the 53rd Venice
Biennale', WW Gallery.

08/11/2011 Boa Swindler in GFEST
TimeOut review by Anna McNay | November 2011
2011 Profile in State Magazine ‘Hackney's Art Beat' by Michaela Fre

All the fun of the fair
, Hackney Citizen, Jul 3rd, 2009

British Council published - Venice Biennale Map featuring Boa Swindler in Travelling Light June 2009

Das Heimliche und das Unheimliche Hackney Citizen, Spring 09 online article or pdf

Hackney Gazette - Meet the parents February 2009

Dark art on the Downs Hackney Citizen, Autumn 08 (online article or printed article pdf)

I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night Art Review, 22.09.08




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