Hans K Clausen
The interaction between people and material culture is a recurring area of enquiry in my artistic practice; how we read visual language, how we make sense of our material world and how the objects that surround us can define us. I am intrigued by the narrative qualities, associations, provenance, and power of ubiquitous objects and by the forces of materialism, marketing, consumerism and obsolescence. Through the language of ‘stuff’ my work examines the relationship between artist, object and viewer and questions the boundaries between thinking and making, discovering and discarding, creation and craft, authorship and ownership.
Skips have frequently provided the inspiration, raw materials and 'found objects' for my creative endeavours and it’s with a debt of gratitude that I turned my attention from their contents to the skips themselves. The functional design of a builders skip arguably makes as strong a visual statement in the urban landscape as the ubiquitous telephone box or the double-decker bus and yet often goes unseen. In my recent body of work I wanted to celebrate the skip as a sculptural object, urban icon and as a potent metaphorical symbol of our time.
'Objects are not what they were made to be but what they become'. Thomas, N. (1991) Entangled Objects.
2013 (January) Selected Artist for the Catlin Art Guide 2013, London
2013 (January) Selected Graduate Artist, Society of Scottish Artists, Edinburgh
2012 (October) Signature Art prize winner (Sculpture), Degree Art, London
2012 (June) Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, New Graduate Studio Award