Lori Nix was born in Kansas and started building and photographing dioramas in the early 1990’s. Her early scenes often incorporated railroad models and other manufactured items, however in her more recent work she builds most of the dioramas by hand. Her influences vary widely from painters of the Hudson River School to the photographer Andreas Gursky to natural disasters such as storms and tornadoes to disaster flicks like “Planet of the Apes” and the “Towering Inferno.” She describes her latest series The City started in 2005:
I have imagined a city of our future, where something either natural or as the result of mankind, has emptied the city of it’s human inhabitants. Art museums, Broadway theaters, laundromats and bars no longer function. The walls are deteriorating, the ceilings are falling in, the structures barely stand, yet Mother Nature is slowly taking them over.
The craft, artistry, and detail in Nix’s creations is captivating.