American photographer Lori Nix (b. 1969) shoots fading libraries, abandoned hair salons, neglected classrooms, empty bars and silent shops in her series The City (2005-2015). However, Nix has not actually visited these locations; instead, she has meticulously crafted the scenery in miniature form in her New York apartment. Lighting, scale and space are all carefully balanced to recreate the world on a tabletop. The final images capture a stand-off between urban materiality and the realm of the natural. Overflowing with minute detail, each photograph features the remnants of human existence, revealing a forgotten newspaper on a train carriage, an array of vibrant trainers on a shelf or some pickled items in a biology study room. For this apocalyptic collection, Nix imagined a city of the future where an ominous force has driven the location’s inhabitants out, reflecting her concerns regarding our thoughtless destruction of the environment. www.lorinix.net.
Interview with Ellie Davies, Aesthetica Art Prize Shortlisted Artist
Ellie Davies is one of the shortlisted artists in this year’s Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition, showing at York St Mary’s until 29 May. The artist’s photographic work Stars considers the fragility of our relationship with the natural world.
On the first day of the Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition, there is a unique opportunity to hear directly from a selection of shortlisted artists.