Abbey Blake’s intaglio etchings are compassionate renderings of abandoned Cleveland houses. To most people, the structures look bleak and damaged; but to Abbey, she pays homage to the beauty of the structures.
At one time, the homeowners along with city services provided the synergy needed to create successful thriving neighborhoods. The aluminum siding, copper pipes, and other metals have been stripped from these vacant homes. Parcel board now covers over exterior doors and windows leaving a distressed property.
Abbey describes this body of work in this way: "This series of etchings was made with the intention of Clevelanders to perceive the imagery with a fresh consideration of their environment in an appropriated setting."
Blake is currently a student at the Cleveland institute of Art. This exhibit, at The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, runs through March 25, 2013. To learn more about the artist, or to purchase her work, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 216-368-0722.