Stephen Hansen

Great Moments


Paper Mache Originals

These are the only Paper Mache and Editions left; he will not be doing anymore for the foreseeable future if ever. He is working on his Great Moments Series exclusively.



As an artist I am not an explorer of the human condition, so much as a hapless tourist, making snapshots of whatever strikes my fancy. I work primarily in paper mache, the appeal of which is twofold. 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 make art that is intellectually accessible and
aesthetically seductive. I approach my work day as though I were the director of a small repertory company, with a group of actors that I costume and coerce into the characters of the story I want to tell. They tend toward
over acting.

Artist Statement II

You should never trust an artist who makes a statement, except under duress.