The photographs in Dana Fritz’s series, Terraria Gigantica: the World Under Glass, “explore the world’s largest enclosed landscapes”; the ocean in Arizona’s Biosphere 2, the desert of the Henry Doorly Zoo in Nebraska, and the tropical rainforest of Eden’s Project in Cornwall, England.
These manmade landscapes support both tourism and scientific research, and for Fritz, they generate an opportunity for capturing “unintentionally striking visual paradoxes that can go unnoticed.”
The lush greenery amidst electrical wiring, the ceiling-topped stone crags and ocean shores, and the exotic growth that gives way to glass in Fritz’s photographs highlight the surreal complexities of modern reality, and provoke a reflection not only upon human interaction with the natural world, but also traditional distinctions between the natural and the artificial.
Dana Fritz holds an MFA from Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ. She is a Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and is the recipient of multiple fellowships and awards, including the 2013 Image Maker Award from the Society for Photographic Education. She exhibits nationally and internationally.