Accidentally Kansas / My town was too small to have a name; I grew up surrounded by the wheat fields of northwestern Kansas. I have been in tornadoes, blizzards and floods. As a girl growing up surrounded by what seemed to be the large expanse of an uncaring Nature, I witnessed some strange and gruesome animal fatalities. I remember a pond that had frozen over very early in the season, trapping thousands of frogs in the ice. I chipped them out and threw them at my sister.
I love disaster movies. The wealthy people who had to come to terms with the mean and nasty elements in 1970’s flicks like The Towering Inferno, Earthquake, and The Poseidon Adventure always seemed especially funny. With my adrenaline rushing, I expected to be thrilled and titillated by these filmed disaster epics and their impending doom. But in my firsthand experience of natural disasters everything slows down. I’m left feeling detached, except for an odd sense of humor in it all. People rarely populate my work.
In Accidentally Kansas I offer viewers the terror of the terrain — found not in the image itself, but in their own imaginations. Through the mind’s own processes of massification, my Dixie Cup sized pieces of wood and miniatures become large and looming, such as a nuclear reactor meltdown, even if it’s just for a couple of seconds.
Lori Nix was born in Norton, Kansas and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions at the California Museum of Photography, The Miller Block Gallery in Boston, Light Work in Syracuse, White Columns in NYC, and in group shows at venues including the Bronx Museum, the Houston Center for Photography, San Francisco Camerawork, Hallwalls in Buffalo, and the Alternative Museum in NYC. Nix’s images have been published in Camera Arts, Contact Sheet, the New York Times, and Time Out New York and collected by major venues including the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, New York University, and El Paso Museum. Lori’s talent has gained important recognition and honors including a 2001 Artist Residency at Light Work, a 1999 Bronx Art Museum Artist in the Marketplace, and individual Artists’