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Emma Cracknell

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Bury St Edmunds

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Norwich University of the Arts, 2014, MA Fine Art
Norwich University of the Arts, 2013, BA Hons Fine Art

photography, modern, figurative, oil, Meat, contemporary

Artist Statement



Sensual ambiguity, desire and the deprivation of visual information form constant themes running throughout Emma Cracknell’s practice. As a painter, she uses these devices to comment on the drive that pulls us towards the void, the void being a place that presents both an unattainable goal, and a space that takes a metaphorical existence within her use of the visual language.

Drive, Desire, Ecstasy and Jouissance are terms that occur regularly within her practice, and they come to form a verbal summation of something that takes no real physical form. By using the visual language in the way that she does, and by exploiting the physicality of paint itself, Cracknell aims to create paintings that allow the audience to access these deep set emotions, and consider perhaps the point where they align their physicality with their subconscious.

The works, through their ambiguity, are subtly crafted and beautifully balanced, in order to create paintings that carry a strong conceptual weight, but also function within their own physicality, as beautiful objects of desire. 



MA Degree Show - NUA, Norwich

Bishops Art Prize Award - (Shortlisted 2013 and 2014) Norwich Cathedral, Norwich

Dialouges Symposium - NUA, Noriwch

MOLD - NUA, Norwich

MONO - NUA, Noriwch

Norwich 20 Group Show - The Forum, Norwich

Norwich 20 Group Show - The Undercroft, Norwich

Three works held in the Norwich University of the Arts permanent collection.

Work on display at 'The Big Blue Sky' Gallery - Wells Next the Sea, Norfolk. 


'Bridging the Gap' St Margerts Church, Norwich

'The Graduate Collective' Appleyard and Co, Norwich

'NUA Degree Show', NUA, Norwich

'H-T-A-E-D', Student Gallery NUA and Yallops, Norwich

'Being', STEW Gallery, Norwich

'Conglomeration', STEW Gallery, Norwich

Group Show, Redlight Gallery, Norwich

'IMPRINT' ,NUA Student Gallery, Norwich




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