Desire paths are those worn trails that cut across the ground, where people have stepped off the path laid out for them and made their own. Small repeated acts of disobedience across the urban landscape. A love letter to wanderings, deviations, and an attempt (perhaps in vain) to briefly disrupt our own daily, organised routes. The shortcuts, the knowledge of locals who are familiar in a place, made visible to everyone. They are a time line.
These works Desire Paths are made from a looping spiralling movement of the hand. Linked looping lines, like illegible handwriting, like when sketching the stitches of the knitted fishing line I often use in sculptures.
The work enfolds a number of references, both distant and close at hand: my walks through the disappearing landscape known as Ingenting that lies between the cities of Solna and Stockholm; the last remnant of Rörstrands porslinsfabrik - an overgrown mound of broken porcelain ‘landfill’; colour field painting and the landscape artists of my childhood; classic colour blind test cards designed by Shinobu Ishihara in the 1920’s; fabrics in the home: rugs, carpets, curtains, blankets. I think about these things as my hand draws across the plissé blinds, my face up so close to the surface that my eyes lose focus, I can’t see the line anymore and I rely on the learnt movement of my hand, as it becomes second nature.
RECENTLY: Group show at Hackås Maskin och Kultur, curated by Alva Willemark. Featuring works Desire Paths and Maiden.
Photos by Alva Willemark.
CURRENTLY: Mason’s Screen, Wellington, New Zealand.
Florence Wild, Cast Movements: Leitmotif (2017) 10 minutes 51 seconds, Digital Video, Silent
Synopsis: Proposed as an intervention in Masons Lane, Cast Movements: Leitmotif offers a gentle distraction from everyday routine and digital connectivity.
Find out more about Mason’s Screen and Circuit at the link below.
Vårschäslong 2019 at Galleri Slätten, Malmö. Until 12 May 2019.
Crumb at Crum Heaven, Stockholm. 5-27 April 2019. Curated by Aleksandrs Abens, Joran Stamatakakos and Florence Wild.