White Moose is calling all South West residents who have been affected by flooding or other traumatic, unpredictable events caused by the weather to come forward and share their stories.
From 14 – 25 July, lens based artist Emma Critchley will be undertaking a residency at National Trust site The Cabin in Bucks Mills, North Devon, where she hopes to talk to people about their experiences as part of her research for a major new art project in collaboration with White Moose, ‘When The Waters Recede’.
The project, set to take place throughout 2015, will consist of a series of site specific installations spanning the area of North Devon to Bristol where the largest and most destructive flood in British history took place in 1607. The flood, which is now believed to have been a tsunami according to eyewitness accounts of the time, destroyed 350 miles of coastline and swept away more than 300 square miles of lowland including all affected villages and inhabitants.
White Moose Curators Julie Gavin and Stella Levy explained:
“This project will explore the psychological impact of such a seismic event on the individual, comparing historical records from a time when weather predictions and global awareness was virtually non-existent, to accounts from people who have recently experienced the devastating effects of natural disasters first hand.”
Emma Critchley, who graduated with an MA from The Royal College of Art in 2011, has utilized photography, video and installation for over ten years to explore the human relationship with the underwater environment. Her work has been funded by The Photographers Gallery, The National Media Museum, The Arts Council England, The British Council and the Singapore International Foundation and has been exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally. Emma’s work last featured at White Moose as part of the exhibition Masquerade.