Lori Nix makes highly–detailed dioramas that are playful and dark. An exhibition of her latest photographs opened at G. Gibson Gallery in Seattle yesterday and runs through 23 June 2007. (Click image for detail. More images after the jump.)
What made you start making these models in the first place? How did all this come about?
I was doing room–sized installations when I was in grad school. Once I left grad school and lost my studio space, I was living in a small attic apartment so I started working on table–top models. It was something that I could do in my little attic. I kind of wanted to explore my childhood of growing up in Kansas, but didn't necessarily want to travel to Kansas. I'm not the kind of person who likes to drive around and photograph. I'm much more hands on. So I decided to recreate certain aspects of my childhood that I remembered (actually kind of fondly) that were natural disasters—like tornadoes and the insect infestations.
There's a story about you chipping frozen frogs out of a pond in the winter and throwing them at your sister. Did that really happen?