Corrie Slawson Bio/CV
Corrie Slawson's work is a constant visual consideration of places that teeter between vitality and vacancy. From this research, using her own composited photography as a journalistic survey of properties and land, she builds macro and microscopic city- and landscapes on paper in a variety of print media with handwork. she parses and presents development patterns, population loss and land-use policies from the visual language already extant in her surroundings-- color, architecture, reflectivity, texture and pattern. Reflective materials such as metal leaf and spray paint allow subtle transitions that mirror her original movements through spaces, as the pace of her walking past city blocks or momentary sun glare from a car window.
Most often the photos are meditations on Slawson's daily transit between work and family obligations in her city of Cleveland and its oldest inner ring suburbs. Two recent residencies in Dresden, Germany, and Tijuana, Mexico, have allowed her to consider the historical and current complexities of these places as she has confronted the life-cycle of her own community. Because of these residencies she has significantly broadened her color palette and introduced an expanded range of elements inherent to those cities.
The literal and descriptive titles of her artwork belie her formalist approach to reveal deeply held convictions about human impact on the urban and natural eco-system. The uneasy relationship between old neighborhoods and new residents often derives from how “haves” and “have-nots” relate in the ever-changing movement of populations. In Cleveland, a city with a once gilded age of unchecked wealth and enormous growth, the community deals with urban sprawl despite a dwindling population. In Dresden, the firebombing at the end of World War II impacted its physical and social history in ways still present in its psyche. In Tijuana, its border-town status informs its visual culture and environment.