Hans K Clausen lives and works in Edinburgh. After a career in social work and counselling he completed a Foundation Diploma at Leith School of Art followed by a BA Hons in Sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art, graduating in 2012. In the same year, he won the Signature Art Prize, for Sculpture and was shown at the Royal Scottish Academy Open in Edinburgh. Hans was invited to e...xhibit at the Society of Scottish Artists Show in 2013 and participated in group shows at the Whisky Bond in Glasgow and the Doubtfire Gallery as part of the Edinburgh Art Festival. 2013 also saw him selected as one of the emerging artists of the year by two London publications, the Catlin Art Guide and Glass Magazine. With an interest in social engagement art practice Hans has held three artists’ residencies since 2013; Yorkhill Children’s Hospital in Glasgow, Lomond View School in Greenock, and a Creative Scotland art and science project ‘Nil by Mouth’ working with communities in the outer Hebrides. He is intrigued by the narrative qualities and associations of ubiquitous objects and by the forces of materialism, marketing, consumption, obsolescence and nostalgia. He aspires to create work that taps the power of materiality and symbolism within found or appropriated objects or distils this power by manipulation, transformation or repetition. Through the poetry and the potency of ‘things’ his work is simultaneously an expression of his subjective response to the form, function and provenance of objects and the associated subjective narratives that the viewer brings.
Drawing from a palette of everyday detritus his work seeks to explore our relationship with the material world that surrounds us. It is an enquiry into the meaning-making of life, how we employ objects to punctuate our lives or to escape from them, and how the stuff that surrounds us can define us and be defined by us. The works, often born out of serendipity, developed by happenstance and created through collaboration, also challenge assumptions about the relationship between thinking and making, creation and craft, discovery and design, authorship and ownership.