Desire Paths is on view throughout The Sheldon’s Kemper Atrium, just outside of the sculpture garden, using the space in an unexpected way.

This collaborative work investigates the ability of objects to hold supposedly dispelled narratives of the past and the vestiges of oppression that are ensnared in the seduction of nostalgia. Hand-made plastic clothing is created from vintage dress patterns utilizing recycled table clothes, construction cloth, and camo clothes with screen-printed idealized images of flowers and birds that have met an untimely death. The vacuum-sealed bags full of bones, feathers, chicken poop and vintage agricultural utensils form the prefilled pockets. An antenna-like clothesline holds the dresses and allows them to flap in the wind, momentarily reanimating the dead birds and giving them an impossible last flight.