Site specific installation in a vacant house, Cleveland, Ohio
Project: Rooms to Let: CLE
Reclaimed wall lathe, reclaimed blue stained glass wind
ROOMS TO LET: CLEVELAND, 2015
Watch the first 8 minutes, Christine is interviewed early in the segment.
Organized by Slavic Village Development, the purpose for the event was to promote public debate over vacancy and the struggles of city neighborhoods in the wake of the foreclosure crisis and the 2008-09 recession.
Over 40 regional artists and performers were invited by a team of curators to use three vacant houses scheduled for demolition as a palette for temporary installation
Interview by David C. Barnett, Senior Reporter/Producer, Ideastream*
The entire interview is 9:05 minutes. My interview begins around minute 4:51.
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Christine joined Cleveland artist/curator, Dana DePew and eight other regional artists to install work in one of the houses at 3810 E. 71st Street. She selected two former bedrooms on the 2nd floor facing the street.
She had approximately 7 to 9 days to clean up the rooms, decide on what to create, execute, and present the work for a 2 day event in May, 2015.
She created two installations in the house.
The house had been completely filled with trash and piles of wood that the former (deceased) owner had hoarded.
Christine went to the Cuyahoga County Archives to learn about the history of the house. She uncovered all the title-transfers dating back to the original farmer who came from Connecticut after King Charles II had designated a section of land in Ohio to be the Connecticut Western Reserve. This land was reserved for the Connecticut farmers when fires had destroyed land there during the Revolutionary war.
The faded documents told a story of immigrants from New England and later from Poland and other Slavic countries who settled in this neighborhood to work in the textile and steel mills of early Cleveland.