October 2, 2010
Dalton Recital Hall
In conjunction with the conference for the Society of Photographic Education Midwest Region.
Lori Nix is a photographer who constructs her subject matter rather than finding it. Influenced by landscape painting that possesses characteristics of romanticism and the sublime, Lori creates photographs that depict our failing future and the demise of humanity, tempered with a touch a humor. She achieves this by building dioramas in her Brooklyn apartment and then photographing the results. During her lecture, Lori will cover each of her bodies of work, from the first forays into dioramas beginning with Accidentally Kansas through Some Other Place, Lost and her current bodies of work The City and Unnatural History. As well as her own work, Lori will share images from other photographers who motivated her to take an alternative path towards photography and create dioramas. As she moves through the first body of work, Accidentally Kansas, Lori will discuss her reasons to pursue dioramas instead of more traditional approaches to photography like portraiture, photojournalism or commercial work. She will provide a background story behind each image and what inspired their creation, as well as explain her step-by-step process from the beginning of a diorama, to shooting it, to its final image.
Lori Nix was born in Norton, Kansas. She earned her MFA in Photography from Ohio University and her BFA in Photography and Ceramics from Truman State University. Her work has been shown nationally with exhibitions by ClampArt Gallery, New York, NY, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, New York, NY, The George Eastman House, G. Gibson Gallery in Seattle, WA, Miller Block Gallery, Boston, MA, the California Museum of Photography, and Stephen Cohen Gallery in Los Angeles, CA. She has been awarded grants by the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Ohio Arts Council. Lori lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Sponsored by the WMU Registered Student Organization,
The Photography & Intermedia Collective.