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what we make it (chosen family sequence) (2021) by Clare Johnson

Seattle, WA

September 4 - November 14, 2023

Clare Johnson (she/they) is a visual artist and writer originally from Seattle, Washington. Her work, ranging from dip pen drawing to poetry, explores concepts of memory, history, and loss. She holds degrees from Brown University and Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. As a teacher, she founded creative writing classes at Lauderdale House and at Cambridge University's Kettle's Yard, also teaching at Momentum Arts in Cambridge, Richard Hugo House, and Thrive Art School in Seattle.

Johnson's artwork has been shown across the US and UK, including in Oxford's North Wall, Bridport Arts Centre, Richard Hugo House, Storefronts Seattle, and London's Guy's Hospital. Her writing has been featured in dozens of publications including Blithe House QuarterlyFrogmore Papers, and Poetry Northwest. She is the recipient of the Michael S. Harper Poetry Prize and Pride in the House, a UK-wide competition for LGBTQ artists at historic Lauderdale House, and her Post-it Note Project won a Seattle Magazine Best of 2011. More information at