Hannah considers herself incredibly lucky having grown up in northern British Columbia, Canada before moving to the Niagara Escarpment region of Ontario. Having immigrant parents whose summer passion was exploring the Canadian wilderness and who played at being pioneers, Hannah learned to enjoy nature at an early age. She studied Fine Arts at the University of Guelph, before heading West and establishing Calgary Alberta Canada as her home since 1998, with a two-year hiatus in Japan as an instructor.
The intrinsic beauty of organisms’ bones and fossils are clear in Hannah’s work. These support elements, whether hidden or exposed, have qualities of strength, framing, containment, and economy. While working with these forms and understanding their shapes Hannah’s work conveys and enhances the marvels of nature’s design; their residual presences of a former life seem elusive and mysterious. There is a theme that offers associations of self-realization, a larger shared collective memory and our connection to the natural world in these sculptures.
“Art-making for me is about borrowing just as much as it is about creating. My work is rooted in a humble exploration of structural forms found in nature; everything from microscopic views of cells to the incredibly plastic folds of mountain ranges.”
Hannah has been drawn to working with stone which contains a strength and beauty of line unmatched in wood or clay. Allowing nature some control, the colours present in the stone are absolutely gorgeous, creating a very unique finish on the work. Hannah enjoys the process of carving, delightfully exposing the work with hammer and chisel, watching the chunks, talcum dust and bits collect around her; ricocheting off the studio walls. Hannah’s work is a process, which is destructive and creative at the same time, during which, hearkens her back to a prehistoric time, the organic, fossilized themes showing in her work.
9.5 x 8 x 20.5
11 x 6 x 12
Dark green soapstone
8 x 7 x 10
8.5 x 6 x 5.5
TAKING IT ALL IN
Dark green soapstone