Rhinestones, construction paper, sequins and glitter cover a house in McComb, Mississippi. Mystical sculptures took over a dilapidated country house in France. There is a concrete park along Highway 13 in Wisconsin that houses visual representations of everything from the chariot race in Ben Hur to Abraham Lincoln. Self Made Worlds is a photographic examination of obsessive environments and those that create them. Religious inspiration, dream instruction and eccentric insight are often the cause of these meticulous, passionate forms of outsider architecture. Brief, respectful essays tell the background of each shell garden, art yard, mosaic home, windmill park and modern, teetering castle, making this book more art review than “freak-show.”
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