Sculpture and photography
Hannah Imlach is a visual artist who creates site-specific and interactive sculptural objects informed by current environmental research. Since 2011, Imlach has focussed on collaborative projects working within communities of specialist knowledge including research institutions, conservation charities and community groups. The outcomes of these projects include site-specific sculpture, photography and video, alongside exhibitions and participatory events. Imlach is based at Glasgow Sculpture Studios where she creates her works using a variety of traditional and contemporary sculpture-making processes, such as origami, detailed woodwork, metalwork and 3D-printing. She documents her pieces within specific environmental contexts in still and moving image.
Significant projects have included: a year-long Leverhulme Trust-funded residency with marine and molecular biologists at Heriot-Watt University, creating artwork in response to Scotland’s deep-sea cold-water coral reefs; an 18-month commission with the Peatland Partnership, developing sculptural ‘instruments’ inspired by peatland ecology and restoration in the Flow Country; and a series of projects concerned with renewable energy transition, including a residency with the Not Just Energy Futures social anthropology research group at the University of Edinburgh, the Banff Research in Culture residency On Energy, and a series of sculptures informed by community hydro and tidal energy schemes on the Isle of Eigg, North Uist and in Aberdeen.