Emma Critchley : When the Waters Recede


This project by the artist Emma Critchley realised a series of site specific installations spanning the area of Hartland to Bristol and Cardiff in response to the most destructive flood in British History in 1607. The flooding resulted some 2000 people drowning, with houses and villages swept away and more than 300 square miles of lowland along 350 miles of coast destroyed.


The project explored the psychological impact of such a seismic event on the individual, comparing historical records of the 1607 disaster with accounts from people who had recently experienced the devastating effects of natural disasters first hand. White Moose's collaboration with Emma Critchley saught to see this project evolve into a complete body of work.


From 14 – 25 July 2014, Critchley undertook a residency at the National Trust site The Cabin in Bucks Mills. The residency marked phase one of her project, forming an important part of her research. As part of this residency Emma gave a talk at White Moose about her new project and her lens based culture.  During this residency Emma talked to local residents about their personal experiences with flooding.


Emma, who graduated with an MA from the Royal College of Art in 2011, has worked in photography, video and installation for over ten years to explore our relationship with the underwater environment. Her work has been funded by the Photographers Gallery, the National Media Museum, Arts Council England and The British Council amongst others. She has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally and had previously featured at White Moose as part of the Masquerade group exhibition in 2013.

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