Claire Zakiewicz is a painter and interdisciplinary artist living in London. Her primary area of research has been the physical and metaphorical relationship between drawing and sound, which she explores in her visual art practice by incorporating improvised and experimental music.
Zakiewicz curated a series of performance and video screenings titled Some Loose Assemblies at Hundred Years Gallery, London throughout 2021, which she started with Sophie Seita. Also in 2021 she co-produced Writing the Future with Gerald Curtis, which was funded by the Arts Council, England. She has undertaken multiple residencies at Bill Young's Dance Studio in Soho, New York, where she has a painting and video work on display until the end of 2022. Zakiewicz has undertaken other residencies at PointB Worklodge (NYC), The Mothership (NYC), Cill Rialaig (Ireland), and The Aldeburgh Beach Lookout (UK). She had many solo exhibitions and curated performance festivals at ARTI3160, Venice between 2017 - 2019.
Her works have been presented at Tate Tanks and Tate Britain, (London) in the exhibitions Tweet Me Up, 2011 and Label, 2012, in the group show Alive In the Universe for the 58th Venice Biennale, 2019 and have been shown at NOoSPHERE Arts (New York), The Last Frontier (NYC), The Mothership (NYC), Plaxall Gallery (NYC), Itinerant Performing Arts Festival, (NYC) and ARTI3160 (Venice).
Between 2009 - 2012 Zakiewicz was a member of the ensemble Fig. with composer/performer Alwynne Pritchard and sound designer Thorolf Thuestad with whom she performed at Landmark, USF, and BEK (Bergan Norway), PointB Worklodge, (NYC) and live on Resonance FM (London).
Her essay ‘The Aesthetics of Failure’ was published by Bloomsbury in The Aesthetics of Imperfection in Music and the Arts; Spontaneity, Flaws and the Unfinished, 2020.
Zakiewicz studied Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art, London and Anglia Ruskin University, prior to completing a research-based MA at Sir John Cass School of Art, London. She regularly practices a variety of performance techniques including the Meisner Acting technique and contact improvisation as a way of practicing painting and drawing methods.