Gió Marconi
Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg
The Soft Spot (Floor, 92 cm)
Styrofoam, fabric, grout, polymer clay, acrylic paint, resin, wire
90 × 70 × 40 cm

All of last year, Djurberg & Berg have been working on a series of new flower sculptures, The Soft Spot. Ever since their vast installation at the 2009 Venice Biennale, the artists have been interested in flowers and their numerous connotations. The wild secret garden of the Biennale piece that felt like a floral underworld was the first proof of that. But the artists have kept on returning to the flower theme over the years as they have always been intrigued by the language that flowers can convey: that a daisy stands for purity and innocence and a red rose for love and romance etc. Also the fact that, in former times, flowers used to communicate hiddenly when actual communication was forbidden. All these sublayers of a flower's meaning have always been fascinating to the two and that's why they have returned to the flower topic.

This new body of work is completely different in look from any of the previous flower sculptures. This new group has started organically, with a real tree trunk with small mushrooms and flowers. Out of this first log a group of floor and wall sculptures has emerged.