About the Book
Beginning at the Coney Island World in Wax Musee in 1983, a year before it closed, the photographs of "Waxworld" were made in numerous wax museums in North America and Europe over seven years.
"Waxworld" uses the question of where reality ends and illusion begins—a subject inherent in waxwork displays—as a starting point for exploring human interactions in both public and private spheres.
The series is, in part, a response to these often misogynist distortions—a refictionalizing of the subjects that removes them yet further from their origins. In doing so, Wides creates new visual artifacts, producing worlds for the viewer to sort out.
Susan Wides (born in Cincinnati, 1955) is a New York City-based camera artist. Her work is in the permanent collections of The Brooklyn Museum, NY; The International Center of Photography, NY; The Art Museum of Princeton University, NJ; la Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, FR; The Center for Creative Photography, AZ; Frances Lehman Loeb Art Museum, NY, among many others. Wides has mounted more than 20 one-person exhibitions and participated in over 70 group exhibitions in museums and galleries the US and abroad. Her work has been widely collected and published. Wides is represented by Kim Foster Gallery in New York City.