FLUVIAL North

ON EXHIBIT MAY 22-OCTOBER 30, 2021
HARVEST PARK, 265 RAILROAD ST, REEDSBURG, WI

FLUVIAL North is a curated excerpt of FLUVIAL, a stream of 140 6’ blue banners that could be found weaving along Honey Creek during Wormfarm Institute's 2020 Farm/Art DTour The visual artist team of Sheila Novak, Emilie Bouvier and Crysten Nesseth, all with Midwest roots, created the bright blue banners with a cyanotype photographic process, weaving together water, light, and story.

To create the banners, the artists gathered stories and memories from folks with roots in the region that explored their personal experiences with the driftless landscape.  They also collected photographs, maps and assorted materials including things like old farm equipment and native plant life to illustrate the stories.

Taken together, the layered complexity of each banner builds upon the next to create a sense of journeying back through rich layers of cultural and agricultural history that powerfully lays bare the souls of local people whose families have lived upon the land for decades.  The patchwork of stories and images invites viewers to consider their own relationships to the land, the ways it has supported them, and their hopes for its future.

The FLUVIAL North project included low-cost, artist-led mini banner-making workshops for the general public.  As part of the public art exhibit, participants were invited to add their banners to the installation before moving them into their personal landscapes.

This project is supported by the Sauk County Extension Education Arts and Culture Committee and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the state of Wisconsin, and the City of Reedsburg Room Tax and Arts Committees.

Image of Cyanotype Banner in Harvest Park.
Image of workshop participants holding their completed banners.

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