Christina Cassone was born in Bristol, Connecticut and raised in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. She discovered an interest in industrial structure and decay while living amongst the remains of Pennsylvania’s mining industry. Christina graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a BA degree in studio art, working in both 2D and 3D mediums to explore the various components of “structure”. Her work was featured in the Bartram’s Boxes: Remix exhibition at Philadelphia’s Center for Art in Wood, which was featured in an accompanying catalog. In 2014 she displayed at Johnstown’s Artworks gallery in the “Beyond the Surface” show. More recently, she has been involved locally displaying work at the Abbey on Butler and Voodoo Brewery. Additionally, Christina traveled to Freeport, Bahamas in 2012 with OneIsland, a group focused on recycled plastic art, to create a commissioned sculpture for UNEXSO. Currently, she works outside the Pittsburgh area as a bench jeweler.
My work is a personal narrative exploring memory and emotion through industrial landscape. This interest derives from the remains of industrial buildings that once prospered in Pennsylvania when the coal and steel industries thrived. Now in a state of decay, what remains is a structural imprint that has left itself in history on the land. Every place, like every person, has its own identity fabricated over time through a combination of use, value, and physical features. My work considers what happens when these elements are removed or obscured.
Through painting and metals, I explore different processes related to this idea. The painting process retains inherent memory through layers of lines and paint. Harsh lines and architectural subjects lend reference to structure, while areas of controlled detail add an element of stability in an ambiguous cloud of missing content. By subtracting and abstracting identifying features, the specific characteristics of each landscape are transformed into a fragmented thought. In metal work, the addition of found objects and alternate materials combined with hand fabricated structures communicates the relationship between structure and elements of landscape. Surface manipulation, such as rusting and patina, reference the uncontrollable force of decay.