Enjoy your favorite hot beverage in this TMA exclusive mug featuring Lori Nix's Fountain featured in the Small Worlds exhibition. This white ceramic mug is 11 oz and features Fountain on one side and the text "Small Worlds Toledo Museum of Art" on the other.
Lori Nix Fountain. Chromogenic print, 2008 © Lori Nix
In Small Worlds, five contemporary artists explore space and perspective via paintings, sculptures, drawings, and photographs.
Lori Nix builds intricate dioramas, then photographs each set-up and presents large prints as the finished works of art. Her work often depicts "after The End," when the characters have left the stage and only the set remains to tell the story. For her series The City, Nix renders in miniature the familiar haunts of the urban environment. The humans have disappeared - apparently suddenly - and the spaces they inhabited are slowly being reclaimed by nature.
Nix was born in rural western Kansas, and area known for natural disasters. These "seasonal disruptions" have informed her dark sense of humor and interest in depicting scenes fraught with hinted-at devastation. She attended Truman State University in Missouri and Ohio University, and currently resides in New York City.