Chemo day drawings (Series 1)

Since January 2019 I have been on maintenance chemo for bowel cancer. On each treatment day – generally every fortnight – various medical solutions drip into my body over about 5-6 hours and I draw.

I  allow marks to go through the paper from one drawing to the next and use that as the next starting point, as well as marks made when using the paper as an underlay for other drawings, so the marks provide a history. By the end of the day, my eyes are rather blurry making it hard to see! The folds, crumples and tears in the paper are an intrinsic part of the work in which the paper can be seen as a reflection of the fragility of the body.

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All pieces 34.5x26cm, ink and marker pens on Chinese calligraphy practice paper.


“‘folds, crumples and tears in the paper..intrinsic part of this work in which the paper can be seen as a reflection of the fragility of the body’ more chemo day drawings from @ClareGSmith — pictorially poignant, beautiful rendering of moments in time (link:…”

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I love these - they are so strong

( Franny Swann)

These are fantastic! so powerful and beautiful! You are amazing!

(Griselda Mussett)


(Anne Perry)

Very beautiful

(Clare Summons)

Congratulations. They are brilliant

(Euphemia MacTavish)

Aug 21
Another chemo drawing.
@ClareGSmith continues to make work during chemotherapy. How inspiring is this? Such positivity from an artist determined to make (and exhibit) whatever the parameters.. Onwards..

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Do follow this extraordinary, life-enhancing, evolving cycle of drawings by Clare Smith. Just wonderful

(Peter Sheppard Skaerved)

Magnificent Clare! I really think these woks are amazing and getting more and more exiting. Sorry they come at a cost.

(Kate Beaugie)

The colour is amazing. Been trying to find the artist that your colour reminds me of - it's Helen Frankenthaler.

(Ruth Geldard)

You amaze me how you make these beautiful images xx

(Sue Carney)