b. London, UK, 1978. Lives and works in London and New York
Claire Zakiewicz is a British inter-disciplinary artist, curator and writer using drawing, film, sound and performance. Recently named one of New York’s “Top Ten Artists Working Today” by Art511 magazine, Zakiewicz’s practice examines the physical and metaphorical relationships between sound and drawing. It is a scientific and philosophical practice-based enquiry - thinking through making. In many ways, Zakiewicz re-examines the pictorialization of space and the intimacy of exchange. Her interest is also turned towards the observer, where she examines the process of reading shapes, using physiognomic perception which is governed by things which have the most significance to us - faces, gravity (vertical and horizontal lines), circles and perspective lines. Zakiewicz is interested in the way we perceive form when our comprehension is limited by a set of prescribed visual semiotics. She asks how “performing drawing,” affects the body and our experience of the tangible and intangible objects in time and space. Trained in the Meisner Acting technique and contact improvised dance she often collaborates with actors, dancers and directors to re-examine these techniques within a painting and performance context, whereby drawing attention to gestural movement qualities.
Her animated films have been shown at Tate Tanks and Tate Modern (London) in the exhibitions Tweet Me Up, 2012 and Label, 2012. Zakiewicz has exhibited regularly throughout the UK, USA, Italy and Norway and has produced and performed in numerous productions and international institutions including Resonance FM (UK); ARTI3160 (Venice, Italy); USF (Norway); Bill Young's Dance Studio (NYC); Mothership NYC; Last Frontier NYC and Itinerant Performance Arts Festival (NYC).
Zakiewicz studied Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art, London and Cambridge College of Art, prior to completing a research-based MFA at Sir John Cass School of Art, London. Her research predominantly examines how the body experiences the world and how we conceptualize and perceive objects, frames, repetition and embodied patterns.