The term "Desire Lines" comes from landscape architecture, where it refers to the paths people create in response to an intuitive, internal logic, in spite of the imposed directive of the paved sidewalk. Web designers borrowed this term of real-world geography to describe the paths we create for ourselves through the architecture of cyberspace: the search terms that we enter on a website to find what we are looking for.
I translate the idea of desire lines into my work by manipulating materials to make line in unconventional and unpredictable ways. I establish a predetermined system, then loosen controls on the actual mark making. When making a line indirectly, I consider the difference between a line deliberately made and a desire line that occurs when the materials themselves are allowed to play a role in how it is formed.