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Painting, Obscene Porridge, 2012, Clare Woods

  • Obscene Porridge, Clare Woods

Clare Woods’ paintings express her fascination with landscape and our emotional relationship to it. This disturbing painting was inspired by a First World War photograph of the Passchendaele battlefield and the artist Paul Nash’s description of it. This painting is oil on a sheet aluminium.  The Battle of Passchendaele is notorious because of the ferocity of the fighting and because so many men and transport horses drowned in deep mud.  Intense shelling churned the ground, this was followed by heavy rain.

Clare Woods graduated from Goldsmith’s College in 1999. She has exhibited in the UK, Europe and America and completed a major commission for the London 2012 Olympic Park. She lives and works in Herefordshire.

Key facts: 
  • This painting is inspired by one of the most intense and fierce battles of WW1, the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917.
  • Clare Woods is inspired by the landscape and our emotional relationship with it. The feeling of this piece particuarly disturbing and emotive.

Curator: Melanie

Fine and Decorative Art

I’m responsible for the art collections in the museum which cover fine art (paintings, watercolours, drawings, prints, sculpture) dating from 1650

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