Liina Klauss :5,000 Lost Souls
Sandals salvaged from the beaches of Bali with a powerful message: “Everything we throw away comes back to us — via the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the soil we grow.”
In its ongoing mission to provide Good Times and Do Good, Potato Head collaborated with award-winning German art activist Liina Klauss to demonstrate the reality of marine pollution. The artist created a large-scale installation at Desa Potato Head constructed from over 5,000 plastic flip-flops, all picked up in just six visits to beaches along Bali’s west coast.
About Liina Klauss
German visual artist Liina Klauss (1974) uses lost and discarded objects, found and re-contextualised within the natural environment. Liina translates rubbish into rainbows exploring the intersection of culture and nature and perceptions of beauty and destruction. She has found a visual language for the pervasive impact of humans on the natural world. In 2011 Liina started to make shockingly beautiful land-art from marine debris on Hong Kong beaches. Today Liina creates everything from delicate mosaics to large scale public installation, using colour-bombing techniques with marine debris as a medium.
Liina collaborates with schools, universities, corporations and communities, offering immersive experiences merging art, awareness and activism. She is known to inspire people of all ages and backgrounds, utilizing an artist’s perspective and positive creative action to raise sensitivity both for plastic pollution and the natural world.
Liina had her first solo exhibition in Hong Kong in 2013 and since then her environmental installations have been part of multiple festivals, art-shows and international conferences in South-East Asia.
At present Liina lives between Hong Kong and Bali, Indonesia.