Die Hutte Brennt / The Shed is on Fire

Katrin Albrecht's avatar Katrin Albrecht

This ruin of a house is build of more than 600 bricks, made out of clothes. The ground floor of the building and remaining walls are recognizable. Every single one of the bricks was fabricated by hand, using wallpaper glue and pressure to transform a vast number of discarded clothes into building materials. Textures of different fabrics and characteristics of the clothes are still perceivable in the bricks — Different colors, surfaces and prints can be made out and zippers, buttons, seams and labels are revealing of a previous history. The fashion industry encourages us to buy and throw away clothes and hereby conform to a predetermined circle of consumption. The Shed is on Fire breaks with this circle by introducing the idea of recycling and transforming existing materials into something new. Clothes serve as cases for the body, so do houses. Both are strongly connect to the human body and it's elementary need for shelter, warmth and community. This work builds on this notion and transforms one kind of case into another. Instead of using anonymous material from charity shops or the like, I asked people I know to donate clothes for this work. There is an intimacy to the relationship we have with our clothes that we are all familiar with, the feel of fabric touching our skin is a constant one in our lives. Using this personalized material, which stores the energy of bodily imprints and traces of the everyday turns the The Shed is on Fire not only into a fetish object but into the portrait of community.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
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  • Medium: fabric and glue
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  • Year created: 2014
  • Height: 78 inches