Stephen Hansen, American (1950-)

Unknown-1“As an artist I am not an explorer of the human condition, so much as a hopeless tourist, taking snapshots of whatever strikes my fancy. I work primarily in paper-mache, the appeal of which is two fold. First, it is fast enough that I can try out ideas without any sense of commitment. Secondly, it is a material so inherently humble that I can claim to make “cultural icons” or “distilled social observations” without feeling too pretentious. Stylistically, I think of my work as lifelike rather than realistic, a choice made out of a desire to represent ideas rather than individuals. I make sculpture with the idea that it should both attract and communicate. Towards that end, I try to create art that is intellectually accessible and aesthetically seductive. I approach my workday as though I were the director of a small repertory company, with a group of actors that I costume and coerce into the character in the story I want to tell. They tend toward overacting.”