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Norton native will display photography at WSU

10/2/2013

Special to the HDN

Special to the HDN

WICHITA -- Displaying a world somewhere between reality and illusion, Lori Nix breaks the mold set by many photographers. She constructs elaborate dioramas, then photographs them without the benefit of digital alterations. Nix will give an artist talk titled "Accidentally Kansas," at 6 p.m. Oct. 10 at Wichita State University. The talk, free and open to the public, is in concert with the Ulrich Museum exhibit "Nature's Toolbox: Biodiversity, Art and Invention," in which Nix has two works from her series "The City."

Greatly influenced by landscape painting, "I am interested in depicting danger and disaster, but I temper this with a touch of humor," Nix said in a statement from her website, lorinix.net. "My childhood was spent in a rural part of the United States that is known more for it's natural disasters than anything else. I was born in a small town in western Kansas, and each passing season brought it's own drama, from winter snowstorms, spring floods and tornados to summer insect infestations and drought. Whereas most adults viewed these seasonal disruptions with angst, for a child it was considered euphoric. Downed trees, mud, even grass fires brought excitement to daily, mundane life. As a photographer, I have recreated some of these experiences in the series "Accidentally Kansas."

Nix, a native of Norton, lives and works in Brooklyn, N.Y. Her work can be viewed in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C. She has exhibited internationally, and has been featured in magazines such as WIRED, Photo Technique, and Harper's.