Sara Hanson

Sara Hanson is a Minneapolis based sculptor, public artist and community collaborator that brings accessible opportunities to interact with and participate in art into communities, public spaces and unexpected places. Hanson’s work invites exploration and discovery of identity, time and place while offering a connection to others and the universe. Her work has been exhibited locally at the Minnesota Museum of American Art, Walker Art Center, a TEDx Minneapolis event at the Cowles Center for the Arts, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and currently has installations at Lake Nokomis, Silverwood Park in St. Anthony, Midtown YWCA and several schools, businesses and organizations. She has been awarded grants from Forecast Public Art, Minnesota State Arts Board, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council and a commission from the City of Minneapolis for a Artist-Designed Public Drinking Fountain. In 2005, Hanson founded Broadcasting W.O.W.! (workshop on wheels), a traveling sculpture foundry that creates community public art and also mentors individuals with (dis)abilities in her studio. My artwork emerges from an investigation of astro/geological and self-created recordings of time, human exploration and forms of communication. These ideas translate into my sculptures through the formation of deep-sea and planetary life and the observational equipment/modules that accompany their exploration. The materials I use, cast metal, lights and lenses, conceptualize the internal/external mechanics of these objects, beings and places. The process of metal casting is essential to the formation of a piece and is the physical manifestation of my exploration. Lenses and light offer perspective, change perception, and expose internal landscape. I invite you to explore internal spaces, your surrounding environment, others, and yourself – conduct your own research and make your own discoveries.

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