21–27 May Masters and Teacher Education

Alina Rentsch

Germany, b. 1992
+49 17684391572
Exhibition: 21-27 May

Figuring Speech

The work originates from the form and system of cutting patterns, templates from which the parts of a garment, so-called figures, are traced onto fabric before being cut out and assembled. Through rewriting the outlines of the figures with seemingly endless sentences by using figures of speech, a configuration results. The idea to combine them stems from the fact that both cutting patterns and figures of speech share a particular “how-to” dimension; cutting patterns are templates and figures of speech, as the engine for the creation of images in language, deliver advice on how to manoeuvre through everyday life. By using vinyl-letters to apply these pattern shapes onto the floor of the exhibition space, the configuration is turned into a living map. They become walkable guidelines, paths which aim to invite visitors to take detours through their reading, intuitively tracing and performing the spatial pattern.

Figuring Speech, Installation View (Detail), Havet, Konstfack, 2022