Approved: 28.09.2010

Clare Petherick


Approved: 28.09.2010
  • Location: London
  • Activities: Practice-based research, Residencies
  • Categories: Project, Drawing
  • Tags: Drawing, Location work, Series, Landscapes, varied media, 2-D, Contemporary drawing, Experimental Drawing




    I like to work in the landscape. I use the environment as a way of reflecting my own life. The passing of time, melancholy, fragility and journeys are all themes I touch on. My work is in turn filmic and otherworldly. I create series of drawings that allow me to immerse myself, creating my own world.

    My starting point is discovering somewhere. I then build a relationship with a place through sound, smell, atmosphere and light. Materials and mark making are unique to each project and research at the start of a project is painstaking.

    In 2014 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I became my subject. In the week before my Mastectomy, lymph node removal and diep flap reconstruction I drew myself. I wanted to record my body before it changed forever. After the surgery I used the original drawing as a template and documented the way my body changed through further treatment and the healing process. It became a way of coping and coming to terms with what had happened.

    Parallel to this I started to draw along the length of a canal. A meditative project, at times the abandoned canal would disappear and then reappear in the landscape.

    For more information about my work, published reviews and exhibitions please follow the links at the bottom of this page.

    CV & Education

    Qualifications and training - Royal College of Art. 

    Selected Shows:-

    2016 'PRESCRIPTIONS', Beaney Museum of Art and Knowledge, Canterbury 

    2016 White Conduit Projects at the London Art Fair, Islington Design Centre

    2015 DRAW.SHOW, Cornerstone Gallery, Didcot, Oxfordshire 

    2013 Shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize, Jerwood Space, London  

    2011 Shortlisted for the Salon Art Prize, Matt Roberts Arts, Vyner Street, London  

    2010  Shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize, Jerwood Space, London 

    2005 ArtFutures, Bloomberg Space, London 

    2004 Shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize, Jerwood Space, London