Bryan Hansen

Metalsmithing and Design




Bryan Hansen graduated with a BFA in metalsmithing and jewelry from Maine College of Art in 2018. He fabricates and forges non-precious metals into abstracted “tools”, removing the function and specific identification from the objects, leaving them almost unidentifiable. When faced with these objects the viewer imagines different methods for interacting with them. Hansen’s goal is to promote this exploration and highlight the ways our minds try to make sense of our environment. Bryan’s childhood was spent with painted fingernails and toy cap guns. At a young age he began going to work with his dad doing plumbing and heating. Being surrounded by them from youth, he has always been fascinated by handleable objects that mediate the interaction between the body and the external world and what this does cognitively for the user. Ranging from toiletries to tools, he has always held a firm interest in these common objects and how our minds determine our actions through them.