Approved: 28.09.2010

Clare Petherick


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




    I work in the landscape, using particular environments as a metaphor for my own life journey. The passing of time, melancholy, fragility and process 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 very personal vision of an internal world.

    My starting point is the discovery of a place. I then build a relationship with it through sound, smell, atmosphere and light. The materials I use and mark making are unique to each project, therefore my research at the start of a project is usually painstaking.


    In 2014 I was diagnosed with breast cancer and I became my subject. 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 drawings as a template to document the way my body was changing through further treatment and healing. It became a way of coping and coming to terms with what was happening to me. I am about to undergo another surgery and will continue with the drawings until the end of the reconstruction process.

    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