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"Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death"
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Joined: Mar 31, 2002
Posts: 1528
From: MD
Posted: 2004-10-14 10:16 pm   Permalink

There was an article in the Baltimore Sun today about a woman in the 1940's, Frances Glessner Lee, who created a bunch of doll house sized recreations of actual crime scenes for study by forensic examiners from around the world. I've know about these dioramas for about 6 years and I'd love to get a look at them in person but I don't know anyone at the Maryland State Medical Examiners office and they're not open to the public. The article in the Sun highlights a photographer who spent 7 years photographing and studying the miniatures and the amazing woman who made them. The photographer, Corrine May Botz, has a soon to be released book on the subject, "Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death" as well as a gallery showing of her photos in New York City at the Bellwether Gallery. Since the Baltimore Sun is a pain in the ass when it comes to trying to access their articles online I posted links to the gallery and the publisher of the book. Admittedly this is as far "Beyond Tiki" as you can go but I really think the detail and
skill that was involved in creating these "nutshells" is phenomenal. The Sun's writer put it best when he referred to them as "Norman Rockwell meets Norman Bates."

The gallery...


The book...


Another online article that provides more detail...


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Tiki Centralite

Joined: Jan 23, 2003
Posts: 22
From: Sunny Southern California
Posted: 2004-10-15 12:39 am   Permalink

Hey, maybe she has a Trader Vic's crime scene somewhere...

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Joined: Feb 29, 2004
Posts: 599
From: outside the windy city
Posted: 2004-10-15 06:21 am   Permalink

Johntiki,that is fascinating!Would be a very interesting read-thanks for posting this.

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waikiki tiki
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Joined: Jan 06, 2003
Posts: 144
From: Atlanta, GA
Posted: 2004-10-15 1:04 pm   Permalink

There was a similar article about her in the NY Times last week. Had some great pictures! Cool stuff!


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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Aug 01, 2004
Posts: 913
From: Shinola, California
Posted: 2004-10-15 7:04 pm   Permalink

Wow, that's so cool and quirky.

I wonder if as a youngster she made them from sugarcubes?

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