Fetter Schrank (Fat Cabinet)
steel, polyurethane foam, styrofoam, polyester
H 120, W 120, D 180
edition of 10
"I was inspired to Fetter Schrank (Fat Cabinet) by the work of the overweight Finnish artist Iiu Susiraja. Susiraja’s photographs are self-portraits, for which she poses with various objects attached to or wedged between parts of her body. Her sense of humor and unsparing treatment of her weight are admirable; her poses, the various objects, and the environment she photographs herself in are refreshing. In one picture she stands in an apartment, gazing directly into the camera, with her back to the wall and a broomstick tucked under her breasts. This image gave rise to the idea of creating new storage units in which objects to be put away could be stuck between fat white protuberances.
With the “fat cabinet” I have created a piece of furniture that will prepare those around it for a future with more and more overweight people in it. Lovely as the Venus of Willendorf, it possesses the many positive qualities of overweight people. It is covered in a soft, delicate skin. Want to hug it? No problem! Its bulging convolutions call out to be touched; one feels a strong desire to sink one’s hands into its pink masses. Inserting objects into it, through its overlapping rolls of fat, is easily done. Look away for just a moment, and a book or T-shirt may disappear into the flesh-coloured mountain. The cabinet can be touched and probed anywhere without shame – it makes fat fun!" Anne Tönsmann