This creepy image above is not a photograph from New Orleans post-Katrina, although it looks like it could be. Artist Lori Nix creates miniature landscapes full of disaster and decay and then photographs them, creating eerily surreal images that are both familiar and foreboding. An artist/photographer, Lori creates miniature landscapes "out of any material that will simulate a real landscape" and then photographs these sets, producing dark-humored visions of a world filled with disaster and apocalyptic decay. While her images resemble the work—or at least the working method—of Oliver Boberg and Thomas Demand, Nix's work invokes a more readily apparent sense of humor, counteracting the potentially melodramatic "sky-is-falling" theme, and making it even more evocative.
Lori Nix’s evocative photographs of decaying power plants, flooded towns, falling Zeppelins and dead livestock, are both eerily familiar and weirdly surreal. Her two-headed dog photo (below) is creepy yet sort of hilarious. These miniature landscape photographs were created in 2007, and seem almost prophetic in their illustration of ecological and man-made disasters. Since then we’ve seen cataclysmic superstorms (Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Katrina, Typhoon Haiyan), massive chemical and oil spills, and global crop failures, not to mention the widespread havoc that climate change is wreaking.
Life often imitates art, and Nix’s haunting photos could very well be the landscapes we’ll look out over if humans continue down the path we’ve been on to date. Sure, most of us are stepping up our game and living more eco-friendly lives, but if we don’t increase our efforts, we might very well end up with two-headed dogs roaming our barren backyards.
+ Lori Nix
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