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Lori Nix

This week we feature the work of Lori Nix. Lori makes pictures that force the viewer to confront the world as she has made it. Using fabricated landscapes, figures, props and buildings, whole narratives are created in the frame. The settings are toy-like and created carefully to tell a story. The details reveal a series of fanciful, if dangerous places. Jeffrey Hoone of Lightwork says it beautifully, "Nix's photographs, while describing disaster and impending doom, come across with the innocence and visceral impact of a scary story told around the campfire." Lori has a show at the Miller Block Gallery in Boston opening in March and also has a monograph available through Light Work.

"I have always worked with constructed photography, from collage work to room size stage sets. I began working with small scale dioramas due to a lack of studio space. My kitchen table became my studio. I worked from my childhood memories growing up in rural Midwestern Kansas. I experienced several of Mother Nature’s temper tantrums, from tornadoes, floods and blizzards to insect infestations and prairie fires. I wanted to recreate these experiences without having to physically travel back to Kansas, thus the diorama was born. I work with everyday materials such as plaster and paint to flour, feathers, and fake fur. Dark humor plays a very large role in my photography. It is the quirks of the scene that make the viewer do a double take and really look more closely at the photo."

"In this idyllic farm scene, a two headed dog guards his prize bone from the viewer. At first glance all seems normal, but upon closer inspection you notice the second head howling towards the camera. Set against the bright storybook colors of the landscape the dog becomes more surreal."

During a string of Fridays we featured a single work from a photographer, with a link to his or her online portfolio and a few words.