Liina Klauss


Liina Klauss (b.1974) is a German artist living in Hong Kong. Born into a family of German and Swiss artists, Liina was exposed to visual arts and crafts from a very young age. Liina studied fashion design in Germany at the Academy of Arts, Berlin (1996 to 2004) and painting in Italy at the Academy of Fine Arts, Bologna (1999-2000). Liina worked as a fashion designer and illustrator for brands like Jurgen Lehl in Japan (2001) and Sai-So in Germany (2004-2006) before moving to Hong Kong in 2007. The contradiction between her ideals and the reality of production in China made Liina quit her designer career and choose the liberty of art as her means of expression. Liina had her first solo exhibition in Hong Kong in 2013. Concerned with raising awareness through art and activism, Liina is currently working in the field of environmental installations. Her installations 'Chinese Landscape 垃圾 山水' are composed entirely from waste washed ashore.  These temporary installations draw attention to the problem of plastic pollution in Hong Kong and the images are being used for various environmental campaigns and educational purposes (e.g. HKCleanup campaign 2013, Plastic Free Seas Youth Conference, Ocean Recovery Alliance's Kids Ocean Day) as well as appreciated for their beauty in the art world.

German. Based in Indonesia.

Available Works

Broken Dreams #1, 2013

Artist: Liina Klauss
Sculpture Dimensions: 15.7" x 15.7" (image) 23.6" x 31.5" (paper)
Details: signed, unframed, numbered pigment print in a limited edition of 20.

About: I am as much a painter as I am an environmental activist. Being on a beach not only means seeing waste, but also means seeing color. Broken Dreams No.1 consists of 518 broken down pieces, man-made and natural, side by side. These pieces are color coordinated and combined to make a bigger whole. It is the conflict between a single piece of waste, perceived as ugly, and the sum of color, perceived as being the opposite, as being beautiful which fascinates me. Logic can not understand this contradiction in perception and value: Is it still waste? When does it start to be beautiful? Is it worthy now? Hasn't it been worthy all along? A lot of questions that need answers … a lot of questions that have answers when we see the bigger picture.

Proceeds: 50% of the net proceeds from the sale of this sculpture will be donated to Plastic Free Seas

Price:  $280 USD
(Price does not include shipping, tarriffs or import fees. Ships from Indonesia.)


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