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Diane Fox

Artist Statement Submitted 2014

We visit natural history museums for a glimpse of a world we often do not experience first hand. We view animals from far off places and times at a safe distance. Dioramas (and photographs) create a framed moment of nature frozen in time.

“UnNatural History” is a collection of photographs shot in natural history museums in the US and abroad. Using reflection and the inclusion of items within the diorama's case meant to remain unseen, I seek to point to its unreality and the disconnection within the human/animal relationship. It is this dichotomy between the real and the unreal, the version of life portrayed and the actuality of death, the inherent beauty of the animals within their fabricated environment and the understanding of its invention, which finds me both attracted and repelled.

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