At 42, Clasen already looks back on an eventful life that has taken her to all corners of the world. After growing up in Ghana, Peru, Thailand, Argentina and Germany, Clasen studied political science and French at Cambridge, Aix-en-Provence and Canterbury before embarking on her artistic career in Germany and in Mexico.
Seemingly without geographic roots, her search for identity is answered with a walk through childhood memories, where lizards, crocodiles, elephants, dolphins, giraffes and monkeys populated her early years. The mixture of cultures and her experience in different countries resulted in a peculiar pictorial language that combines playfully African folkloric elements with Mexican opulence in color and Australian imagery.
Clasen has displayed her work in numerous exhibitions in Germany, Austria, England, Spain, Portugal, the U.S.A., and Mexico.