Hannah Imlach is a visual artist working predominantly in sculpture and photography. Her transient and site-specific works respond to particular ecologies, exploring sites of environmental conservation and renewable energy transition. These projects are initiated and sustained by opportunities to work within communities of specialist environmental knowledge, including scientific research groups, conservation charities and community organisations. Her pieces focus on sensory interaction and are often foldable, faceted or kinetic.
Hannah is a practice research PhD candidate within Human Geography at the University of Edinburgh exploring the potential for site-specific sculpture within the context of the RSPB Loch Lomond nature reserve.
The work Hannah will show is a kinetic sculpture titled Tide Quern, focusing on the relationship between the quernstone and marine energy devices. A flat-pack tide water-wheel, the sculpture suggests a localist approach to renewable technology framed in terms of the earliest island technology, the hand-mill or quernstone. Borrowing from the form of the rotary quern, its blades describe the interlocking pyramids of the two stones, used to turn water instead of grinding grain. The piece also looks to the imposing form of the ‘open hydro’ turbines being tested at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney, pre-empting the arrival of these devices in other island communities.