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Lori Nix: dioramas and interiors

PostPosted: Thu Sep 08, 2011 7:06 am
by kas
My wife alerted me to Lori Nix's work a short while ago. Her unsettling (but consciously created) interiors of abandoned buildings immediately reminded me of the Detroit in ruins photographs of Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre.

At first glance her images in the "City" series appear almost convincing: life has left here long ago, and the place has fallen in ruins. Then you notice some unsettling, surreal details: in that case, would the colours of those vacuum cleaners be so bright? Would the dioramas be the only untouched parts in a natural history museum otherwise entirely in ruins? And so on.

I also liked her "Unnatural History" series: north american beavers at work in a woodcarvers' workshop; an angler fish loading her battery; a praying mantis fighting a sabre tooth hyena... My kind of "strange", this.

http://www.lorinix.net/the_city/index.html

http://www.rachelhulin.com/blog/2010/10 ... i-nix.html

Re: Lori Nix: dioramas and interiors

PostPosted: Thu Sep 08, 2011 8:15 pm
by judith
I was unaware of Lori Nix, thanks for bringing her here, Kas (and to your wife). I really really like her work. In your second link, it's a bit easier to see what's going on in her photos. I found this video on YouTube. In it, we can see her studio and gain an understanding of the time and artistry that goes into making the models which she then photographs. Lori Nix often uses the word 'we' and introduces her fabricator as well. She is a very likable person.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PK5tBishjU8

Re: Lori Nix: dioramas and interiors

PostPosted: Fri Sep 09, 2011 6:48 am
by kas
Thanks for that interesting clip, Judith! I found another clip that shows her and her assistant at work with a miniature model maker.
It adds another alianating dimension for being dubbed/presented in a foreign language, but you get to see the sets being actively created:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhwnuaQq ... re=related

And another:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEgjCNP5 ... re=related