Katrin Hanusch (b. 1978) is a multidisciplinary artist working in sculpture and installation. Her work examines ‘the impermanence and interconnectedness of our world in textures of cultural and historical mark-making’. Her process-based response to repurposing objects and materials observes what there is to be unlocked and allows the material to speak in its own right.
Born in Germany, Hanusch gained an MA in fine art at the University of Art and Design in Halle in 2008 and an MA in sculpture at the Royal College of Art, London, in 2014. She was foundry fellow at Chelsea College of Art in 2016, where she introduced experimental processes and intuitive gesture to traditional techniques of metal-casting. Her casting practice has developed through numerous national and international residencies, most recently at the Alice Boner Institute in India. In 2020 seed funding from A-N enabled her to commence setting up her own foundry in New Cross Gate, London. She has shown work internationally in group and solo shows and initiated ambitious projects, for which she has been awarded several grants and bursaries.
About her BAMS medal she writes: ‘Smooth clay enveloped “it” and moulded the texture into a counter-relief that now lies like a wrinkly, leathery face in the hand: junctions and turns and twists, a composition of knots and lines. “It” had been corralled in strands of found and discarded thread from around the world, joined together to create a “full length”. The thread connects places and times, in the same way it holds “it” together if “it” is broken, so as not to lose its parts.’