In 2005, LeisureArts had the distinct pleasure of speaking with artist/curator Erika Nelson, the founder of: The World's Largest Collection of the World's Smallest Versions of the World's Largest Things Traveling Roadside Attraction and Museum. Her practice is marginal in the best sense, operating at the edge of a number of discourses. It has no "home" in the arts, nor is it merely an "attraction." The work embodies its vagabond status by literally wandering. Her relative anonymity among art world cognoscenti is instructive when one reads discussion of "relational" or other "alternative" practices. She points to the elitist/populist divide:
"...it seems as if the Art World gets uncomfortable with things that normal people will relate to, and normal people hesitate to call things they relate to "Art". .. We're all so afraid of being taken for a sucker that we've forgotten how to just enjoy, and not care that we're laughing."
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