Lori Nix

Natural History, 2005

Lori Nix (American, born 1969), Natural History, 2005, chromogenic print, 19 x 60 in. Schwartz Art Collection, Harvard Business School, 2005.16.

Lori Nix and her partner Kathleen Gerber craft highly detailed, small-scale dioramas by hand, which Nix then photographs. This work, from the series Lost, was inspired by natural history displays of the 1940s and 1950s, particularly those at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Nix describes, “The walls are deteriorating, the ceilings are falling in, and the structures barely stand; yet Mother Nature is slowly taking them over. These spaces are filled with flora, fauna and insects, reclaiming what was theirs before man’s encroachment. I am afraid of what the future holds if we do not change our ways regarding the climate, but at the same time I am fascinated by what a changing world can bring.”