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Interview with Deanna Petherbridge

19/04/2017

Deanna Petherbridge: ‘Drawing can be a million different things, but I think basically it’s a critical practice’

Using pen and ink as a metaphorical means of interrogating human interest, Petherbridge sees drawing as akin to writing, only perhaps more democratic.

With a retrospective exhibition, showing pen and ink drawings from across a 45-year career, currently on show at the Whitworth Gallery in Manchester, and the publication last year of a major new monograph, Deanna Petherbridge: Drawing and Dialogue, Petherbridge (b1939, Pretoria, South Africa) is certainly having a moment. Recently returned from India, and already planning ahead to her next solo exhibition in the autumn, she nevertheless made time to welcome Studio International to her home-cum-studio in Islington, north London, to discuss the value and democracy of drawing, a medium she has championed throughout her career.

 

Read the interview by fellow AICA UK member Anna McNay online at Studio International.