MonsonAbandoned house, broom, scraper, drywall, white paint, vinyl flooring, incandescent lights
Monson ME, a post-industrial slate town in Piscataquis County, is in the process of transition. The Libra Foundation has taken the town on as a project, hoping to revive it by establishing an artist residency there. In the last year and a half, the Foundation has bought the majority of the buildings in town, stripped the 1800’s structures down to their bones, and completely remodeled them with ready-made Home Depot products.
In response, as a resident artist there, I took on my own renovation project. I discovered an abandoned house in town that was sinking into the ground, dilapidated and hidden by trees. By cleaning, framing, and filtering the information there, I worked to both delete and maintain the history held in the space. The project stands hidden in town, a critique of the dangers of rapid change.
Video from local Maine news describing the scope of the Libra project in Monson.