Artist to exhibit at Massillon Museum’s Studio M

Artist to exhibit at Massillon Museum’s Studio M
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The collages combine endangered plants and animals on fields that have been hand-printed, marbled and/or painted.

                        

Corrie Slawson’s work is the result of a journalistic survey of properties and land; she builds city/landscapes that underscore development patterns of population loss and land-use that emerge through layers of printmaking, drawing and painting.

“For the past three years, my work has explored landscapes, both dystopian and bizarre, with unfolding narratives related to social and environmental matters,” Slawson said. “The ‘places’ depicted analyze overarching patterns in development, population loss, land-use, climate change and environmental equity. Made through layers of printmaking, drawing, photography and painting, I combine imagery garnered from my own travels, experiences and commutes (abroad, domestic and local). No matter the location, I use visual language extant in my surroundings — color, architecture, texture and reflective materials.”

The artist’s visual references to Cleveland grow out of direct concern of global climate change with land-use in the context of the region’s life cycle.

The collages combine endangered plants and animals on fields that have been hand-printed, marbled and/or painted. Many of the collage elements are taken from magazines likeVogue or Martha Stewart Weddings, publications that depict luxury and an appreciation of manicured natural elements.

Climate equity has been a pervasive theme in Slawson’s artwork. “It directly affects all of us, but current political decision-making privileges comfort for the very few over quality of life for the entire planet,” she said.

Slawson’s work has been exhibited in the U.S. and internationally including at MOCA Cleveland, The Toledo Museum of Art, Akron Art Museum, Centro Culturel de Tijuana, Galerie Module Drei in Dresden, SPACES in Cleveland and Zygote Press in Cleveland.

A native Clevelander, she earned a BFA at Parsons School of Design in New York City. She was an exhibition development specialist at the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. and the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in Beachwood before earning an MFA at Kent State University.

Always majoring in painting with a minor in printmaking, her work is primarily 2-D; however, collaborations with other artists and organizations have taken her into the realm of performance and sculptural installation.

Slawson is part-time faculty in the painting and drawing department at Kent State University School of Art and taught printmaking at the Cleveland Institute of Art from 2013-19. Her work is represented by Shaheen Modern and Contemporary Gallery in downtown Cleveland.

A virtual gallery walk with the artist will be posted on Facebook and YouTube at noon on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

Studio M is a dedicated space made available in the museum’s expansion project to exhibit the work of contemporary artists.

When visiting the Studio M exhibition, guests also can see the “Stark County Artists Exhibition” in the Aultman Health Foundation Gallery; “Artwork by Members of the Boys and Girls Club of Massillon” in the Fred F. Silk Community Room Gallery; “Paul Brown’s Pro Teams: A History of the Browns and the Bengals,” “Massillon’s Gridirons” and the Paul Brown and Massillon Tiger time line in the Paul Brown Museum; the “Immel Circus;” and exhibitions in the Local History Gallery, Albert E. Hise Fine and Decorative Arts Gallery, and the Photography Gallery.

The museum maintains its building for maximum safety. Visitors must wear masks and distance themselves from others. Precautions and guidelines are posted on the museum’s website for guests to review before they visit.

The Massillon Museum receives operating support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Ohio Arts Council and ArtsinStark, as well as marketing support from Visit Canton.

The exhibition can be seen during regular MassMu hours Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 2-5 p.m. The museum will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

MassMu is located at 121 Lincoln Way E. in downtown Massillon. For more information call 330-833-4061 or visit www.massillonmuseum.org.


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