Hans K Clausen

Artist Statement

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







2013(March) – Society of Scottish Artists Annual Show, Edinburgh RSA Galleries

2013 (January) – Defcon Salon, Embassy Members Exhibition, Edinburgh

2012 (December) – Royal Scottish Academy Open, Edinburgh RSA Galleries  

2012 (October) – Signature Art Prize Gala Exhibition, London (Winner)

2012 (July) – Falling, Group Show, Tent Gallery Edinburgh   

2012 (June) –  Degree Show, Edinburgh College of Art

2012 (February) – Gone Courting, RCA and ECA group exhibition, Edinburgh College of Art

2012 (January) – Salon Neu, Embassy Members Show, Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh

2011 (March) – Socks and Sandals, Sculpture Exhibition, Edinburgh College of Art                                                                        

2010 (October) – Hidden Door, Arts Festival, (Installation) Roxy Art House, Edinburgh

2010 (June) – SOLAS Festival, Biggar, Scottish Borders

2010 (February) – Ad Hoc, Student Group Show, Glasgow School of Art

2009 (August) – Leith Art Festival, Ocean Terminal, Edinburgh

2009 (March) – 25th Anniversary Exhibition,  Leith School of Art, Edinburgh