As part of the 2020 Farm/Art DTour, artists Emilie Bouvier, Crysten Nesseth and Sheila Novak created, “FLUVIAL,” a stream of blue banners weaving along Honey Creek in the Driftless Region of Southwest Wisconsin. Each banner is a handmade artwork, holding the stories of individuals and objects from the reigion through a cyanotype photographic process. Illustrating the connected whole of the community, “FLUVIAL” weaves together water, light, and story through the imprints made on a tour of 140 banners.
In order to tell this story, we collected stories from folks with roots in the region, exploring the agricultural, personal and spiritual histories of the land. We collected materials from old equipment to plants growing on the site and along the roadways. Displayed from September 20 - October 10, 2020, viewers waded through the stories, receiving snippets of the memories of and hopes for this land.
Looking at the white imprints on the blue cloth, you may see grasses, flowers, handwriting, or other forms created by the shadow of objects from farm or domestic life. You may witness a moment of time and land, captured on fabric. Vistiors considered the land and the water, how these resources hold deep meaning, and how we can capture and share that story.
Fluvial Catalogue documents each of the 140 banners, sharing the stories and images of each piece of artwork. For those interested in acquiring a banner, please visit the shop for various purchasing options.
Emilie Bouvier, Crysten Nesseth and Sheila Novak bring a diverse set of experiences and skills working in the public realm. As three visual artists from the midwest, our studio practices collectively explore meaningful relationships to landscape and are grounded in participatory artmaking.