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November 5, 2013 11:35 AM   Subscribe

Lori Nix - Apocalypse in Miniature or That Person Who Painstakingly Creates By Hand A World After Disaster and Then Photographs It With Incredible Results.

From the website's about section:

"I am interested in depicting danger and disaster, but I temper this with a touch of humor. My childhood was spent in a rural part of the United States that is known more for it's natural disasters than anything else. I was born in a small town in western Kansas, and each passing season brought it's own drama, from winter snow storms, spring floods and tornados to summer insect infestations and drought. Whereas most adults viewed these seasonal disruptions with angst, for a child it was considered euphoric. Downed trees, mud, even grass fires brought excitement to daily, mundane life."

"I am fascinated, maybe even a little obsessed, with the idea of the apocalypse. In addition to my childhood experiences with natural disasters, I also grew up watching 1970s films known as "disaster flicks". I remember watching Towering Inferno, Earthquake, Planet of Apes and sitting in awe in the dark. Here was the same type of dangers I had experienced day to day being magnified and played out on the big screen in a typical Hollywood way. Each of these experiences has greatly influenced my photographic work. The series Accidentally Kansas explored my personal experience with the natural disasters of my childhood. The City postulates what it would be like to live in a city that is post man-kind, where man has left his mark by the architecture, but mother nature is taking back these spaces. Flora, fauna and insects mix with the detris of high and low culture."

Check out her projects:
posted by Atreides (3 comments total)

This post was deleted for the following reason: Her stuff is great but we've seen it a few times now. -- cortex

The accidentally Kansas one is good too although I've never seen anything like that while living here. Which is a good thing given that the subject matter is disasters :D
posted by Our Ship Of The Imagination! at 11:40 AM on November 5, 2013

This is so good that I feel actual, physical pain in my soul that I cannot really put into words. I feel a pang of something. Like I should quit my job and setup a shop in my basement and just do what she does forever, because it is incredible.
posted by kbanas at 11:41 AM on November 5, 2013

I got to see a piece of her work at the Bau Xi gallery in Toronto. This was a spur of the moment visit, and I was totally unfamiliar with her as an artist at the time. Seeing the piece among other photographs really helped disguise the fact that it was all done with meticulous model work. The slow realization that I was looking at something 'fake' was a strange and wonderful feeling.
posted by Gin and Comics at 11:44 AM on November 5, 2013

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