Corinne May Botz is a Brooklyn-based artist who investigates the emotional connection to architecture and objects, revealing, according to Time magazine, “a dark obsession with domestic space and what lies behind closed doors.” Botz spent six years photographing a set of dollhouse dioramas of true crimes scenes built in the 1940s, which appeared in book form as The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death, while Haunted Houses features more than eighty photographs taken over the course of ten years, resulting in “a body of photographic work that reads like a DSM of contemporary American life and the dark side of domesticity.”
Botz’s photographs have been internationally exhibited at such institutions as the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, Illinois; Wurttembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, Germany; The Center for Contemporary Art, Torun, Poland; and the Kennedy Museum in Athens, Ohio.
She is the author of Haunted Houses (Monacelli Press, 2010) and The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death (Monacelli Press, 2004). Her work has been reviewed by the New York Times, Village Voice, Bookforum, and Modern Painters, among other publications. She is the recipient of residencies at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture; Atlantic Center for the Arts; Akademie Schloss Solitude and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and has received grants from New York Foundation for the Arts and the Jerome Foundation. Botz is on the faculty of International Center of Photography and John Jay College of Criminal Justice.