Hannah Rickards' work deals with perception and its description; with how one can translate an encounter, be that with a sound, an object, a space or an image. It is centered on the framing of description in language, gesture and sound. To date, in particular, she has explored the relationship between atmospheric phenomena and experience of them: a sound heard accompanying the aurora borealis, a remembered image of a mirage, a thunderclap re-performed by a musical ensemble in installation, video, text and sound works.
Key to her practice is the relationship between either temporary or permanent elements in a landscape and the perception of groups or individuals to a landscape as a whole, with the specific sites concerned being used as both a vantage point and a stage for examining our verbal, spatial and gestural relationship with our surroundings.
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