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Since early childhood Nealy Blau has spent time wandering the halls of natural history museums which for her became places to escape and daydream. Drawn to the mysterious and sometimes eerie experience of these constructed unnatural settings, she found her way to photographing the “real nature” within the diorama cases: plants, grasses, trees. Her images are melancholic and moody, psychologically charged, and float between reality and the surreal. “I want the images to capture a presence. I am interested in photographing a personal experience of being there and not necessarily documenting the diorama,” Blau says. Images from her series elsewhere were photographed inside natural history museums in Chicago, New York, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Santa Barbara, and Tacoma.
This monograph includes an in-depth interview between the artist and Clint Willour, curator of the Galveston Arts Center.
Signed copies available at G. Gibson Gallery. Please inquire to reserve yours.
Check out the review of Elsewhere in the December issue of O, The Oprah Magazine