The concept behind this piece demanded a strict level of commitment. The work is based specifically on a 1947 product and is exquisitely detailed, even including the LSMFT mark on the bottom of the pack (“Lucky Strike Means Fine Tobacco).
This piece highlights Hansen’s ability to use a simple object to create a nuanced, layered conversation. The sculpture creates a permanent piece from an ephemeral object and touches a wide variety of triggers for the viewer, depending on how they may have interacted with the subject in their own lives. “It pays homage to what we like to think of as an innocent time,” explains Diane, “but on closer examination, the times may have not been so innocent.”
The pack is constructed of steel painted with auto enamel. The cigarettes are hand-blown glass. But even with the more rigid concept, Diane found the experience to be revelatory. “Like most pieces, this one developed while I was making it. It kind of revealed itself. I start with a concept, but each piece takes on a life of its own and surprises me along the way.“