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Student Showcase Archive
Show RCA 2019

Emma Bang

Show RCA work

  • Vessel 01

    Vessel 01, 2019
    Resin, Textile, Textile dye
    20 cm x 25 cm

  • vessel 02

    vessel 02
    resin, textile and textile dye

Major project:

A Body of Water

My works consider the notion that water can hold a memory. Water swirls through our bodies, as it flows through the River Thames. It slices the city in two, looming with secrets and guarding an archive of lost time and misplaced curiosities.

Ursula Le Guin suggested the first cultural invention was the container, not the weapon. A body can be seen as a container for water, as we each carry the sea, our origin, with us as our ancestors did before us. Once, we were living creatures embodied and bodied within the sea. Life gradually turned inwards, the sea where living creatures were at one time immersed is now enclosed within our bodies. 

Through an investigation of the surface as a permeable barrier, underwater sound recordings, and the imprint, I aim to investigate the poetics of water, recalling early childhood experiences of being introduced to the underwater world by my parents who prior to my birth were divers.


  • I see my work as a way of being in contact with the world, my works revolves around a fascination for the affect of the touch and the imprint. I am exploring how to record and arrest a moment in the middle of a transformation and understand how changing circumstances can shape the appearance of an image.

  • Previous degrees

  • BA Visual Communication, The Danish School of Media and Journalism, Copenhagen, 2014
  • Experiences

  • Visiting tutor, Camberwell University of the Arts London, London, 2019; Visiting tutor, University for the Creative Arts -UCA Farnham, Farnham, 2019; Gallery assistant, Tintype Gallery, London, 2019; Artist's assistant, Artist Ferdinand Krag, Copenhagen, 2016
  • Exhibitions

  • 'Standing Water', RAW Labs, London, 2019; 'What a Relief', CPG Gallery, London, 2019; Surface Tension, Robert Burt Gallery, London, 2018; My Big Orchid, Safe House, London, 2018
  • Awards

  • Knud Højgaards Fond; Inge Mogensens Fond; Louis Hansen Fond; Oticon, Direktør Ib Henrikses Fond
Royal College of Art