Clara Breteau

Clara Breteau did her PhD as an AHRC Whiterose postgraduate researcher, at the University of Leeds, in cultural geography and cultural studies, under the supervision of Nathalie Blanc, Nigel Saint and Claire Lozier. She is a Cambridge graduate and also holds degrees from Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne University and ESSEC, in France. Her PhD thesis – POEM, POiesis in the Era of Metamorphosis - uses the concept of poïesis to shed a new light on contemporary alternative habitation forms. She also engages in various outreach activities, such as radio documentary production for the French Broadcasting Corporation (Radiofrance), and she contributed to the book « Form, Art and Environment : Engaging in Sustainability » (Routledge, 2016), with Nathalie Blanc and Barbara Benish.

Pisum sativum. De l’incroyable poids du petit pois.

Clara Breteau | 02.12.2019

A long-standing symbol of fertility, the pea found itself associated, in recent cultural history, with the « pin-up » fashion figure. However, it also cristallized a longing for death and « self-obliteration » in the work of the Japanese artist Kusama, famous for her « dot mania », and has recently become a prominent symbol of anorexia. Therefore, beyond its seeming insignificance and simplicity, the pea came out to embody complex relations to the body and conflicting types of [...]