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Emma Harry

MA work

Layered Time

A rock is an object of mystery as we try to comprehend its permanence against our transient state. I have become fascinated by chalk as a material, formed by ancient sea creatures and now being eroded by new ones in an ongoing cycle of life.

‘Layered Time’ combines water, sky and rock, to explore how time can be viewed and measured in multiple ways within the landscape, with the sea being tidal, the sky seen to change daily and the rock formed over millions of years and all these different time periods being in flux. The use of multiple layered images represents the different eroding forces that have made the rock how it is today. 


  • MA Degree


    School of Communication


    MA Visual Communication, 2018

  • I am an artist and illustrator working in different mediums from drawing to video installation to explore the curiosities of the natural world. My work is informed by my interest in geological processes and the effect of time and erosion on the landscape. I aim to create a feeling of the surreal through combining different materials and exploring scale to offer a view into an alternative world. Moving through the landscape by walking and collaborative expeditions are an important part of my practice. I see the landscape as layers of overlapping drawings made throughout time by different entities.

  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons) Illustration, Cardiff School of Art and Design, 2015
  • Experience

  • Leader of the Royal Amateur Expedition Society, Royal College of Art, 2017-2018; Fieldwork Expedition, Chilterns, 2018; Royal Amateur Expedition Society Merz Barn Residency, Lake District, 2018; Co-Leader, Across RCA Islands Project/ Expedition, 2017; Sail BritainxRAES Sailing Expedition, Norfolk Broads, 2017; RAES Merz Barn Residency, Lake District, 2017; LumenxRAES Astrophotography Expedition, Northumberland, 2017
  • Exhibitions

  • DRAW ‘Radical Slowdown’, Hockney Gallery, Royal College of Art, London, 2018; RCA Work in Progress Show, Royal College of Art, London, 2018; Making Time, TAG (Theoretical Archaeology Conference), Cardiff University, 2017; Islands, Hockney Gallery, Royal College of Art, 2017; Discoveries Channeled, Senior Common Room, Royal College of Art, 2017; Royal College of Art Merz Barn Residency Exhibition, The Crypt of St John Gallery, Bethnal Green, London, 2017; The In Gallery, Cardiff School of Art and Design, 2015; Degree Show, Cardiff School of Art and Design, 2015; Behind the Door, Dyffryn House, Cardiff, 2015
  • Awards

  • The Gordon Peter Pickard Drawing Travel Award, 2017