A SERIES OF AGRI/CULTURAL EXPERIMENTSTest Plots, a series of unique exhibits, lectures, and field trips in Reedsburg and other Sauk County locations, are named to reflect the role of experimentation in generating community dialogue, learning, and engagement. Each features the work of local and regional artists and thinkers representing the healthy rural/urban flow that is vital to any thriving region. Times and details will be continuously updated so check back often!
Lecture by Erika Nelson
Thursday, September 21, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Exploring Self-Made Worlds in Wisconsin and Beyond
Artist and explorer Erika Nelson is a self-described “grassroots” artist from Lucas, Kansas. Erika takes you on a whirlwind trip through self-made Art Environments built by people with an all-consuming vision. From Dr. Evermor’s Forevertron (Baraboo, WI) to Leonard Knight’s Salvation Mountain (Niland, CA), S.P. Dinsmoor’s Garden of Eden (Lucas, KS) to St. EOM’s Pasaquan (Buena Vista, GA), we’ll take a journey through multi-colored labyrinthine man-made art structures. Often built out of recycled and repurposed materials, these sites are wonderlands of invention, sculpture and assemblage, often taking over the maker’s life and property in over-the-top constructions that awe and amaze.
Erika is the creator and curator of the World’s Largest Collection of the World’s Smallest Versions of the World’s Largest Things, a traveling collection that celebrates what is unique in our country, shares community stories, and encourages people to reignite their sense of wonder about the world.
Erika came to her story, and her collection, after selling all of her possessions and setting off to travel the country, visiting small arts communities and bearing witness to the understanding some of the more traditional ag-based communities have developed as a result of the rather unconventional artists living and working beside them.