Wenche Crusell (SE)
I Hate Nature and Nature Hates me
After two days in the desert sun
my skin began to turn red
And after three days in the desert fun
I was looking at a river bed
and the story it told about a river that flowed
made me sad to think it was dead
You see I’ve been through the desert on a horse with no name
it felt good to get out of the rain
in the desert, you can remember your name
‘cause there ain’t no one to give you no pain
In the project I Hate Nature and Nature Hates me Wenche Crusell is continuing her use of sculpture and installation as tools for storytelling. The narrative that unfolds within the space is based on fictitious memories of a North American desert and explores questions about escapism as a coping mechanism. These fictitious memories are inspired by the song “A horse with no name”, released in 1971 by the english rockband America. Questioning the idea of nature as a place of healing Crusell has left her protagonist alone in this idea of a desert, lost in a surreal fake landscape where the act of disappearing is made way too easy.
Wenche Crusell (b.1987 in Visby, Sweden) lives and works in Berlin, Germany and holds a MFA from Umeå Academy of Fine Arts. In her practise she usually works with mixed media installation and collage, often in direct reaction to a given spatial situation. The show at Galleri CC is her second solo show in Sweden.