Emma Wilde

Emma Wilde’s work often explores the green spaces and suburban planning of Milton Keynes. As this new town has matured she has become increasingly fascinated with the way the hopeful geometry of the man-made and designed has come up against the circumstantial and accidental forces and forms of nature. Much of her work explores this process.

When making these drawings, Wilde re-read John Cheever’s short story The Swimmer (1964). The protagonist decides to swim home through his Californian neighbourhood via the swimming pools that adorn every garden there, only to find that ‘home’, when he arrives there, is no longer really home.


The hedgerows, trees – the privy fence – of suburban Milton Keynes suggests to Wilde the same idealism and pathos of The Swimmer. The tracing of these features map an uncanny journey through both time and town.