It’s hard to nail down what DIY looks and sounds like, but it’s clear when it’s there. Michael Swaney’s work communicates this ethic in impeccable detail, with each painting and mosaic bringing along what art often loses on its way up the proverbial totem pole, the childlike openness, personality, confusion, and messiness that humans inherently have when they engage in creating. For Swaney, those details are the ones that make the process worthwhile, and he draws inspiration from those who create in a search for, or discovery of their own meaning. In addition to making his own artwork, he actively encourages others from all walks of life to do the same, for the simple goal of expressing their humanness and…

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