Liina Klauss is a German painter and environmental artist who lives and works in Hong Kong. Klauss has been living on Lantau Island which is predominantly a nature reserve since 2011. She began “painting” with waste materials on the beach after a family camping trip when she became aware of just how much waste was washing ashore and getting tangled in the undergrowth. She has continued to work with waste materials and has expanded her practice to include socially engaged projects that allow locals to play a part in cleanup efforts on the island and surrounding areas.
The projects range in length and content and often she enlists the help of volunteers to attend an art making session on a particular day or weekend. Klauss uses an informal method for engaging with people and her colourful land art and workshop projects are imbued with a sense of fun and wonder at the beauty of nature and the materials being collected. She continues to encourage a reconnection to nature and spread messages of care and connection through her heartwarming initiatives.
“all items on this photo are waste washed ashore. they have been collected on one single beach within 24h by 80 people. colours are neither manipulated manually nor digitally. the reality of pollution you see has merely been rearranged.” Liina Klauss, from her blog.
Watch this You Tube video about Liina’s practice and message below.
All images belong to the artist and are used with her permission. You can read more about all of Liina’s projects on her Blog here.
A big thank you to Liina for her time and insights provided during the Polymers in Action thesis research and writing stages.