b. London, United Kingdom, 1978
Claire Zakiewicz is a British born visual artist working across drawing, film, sound and performance. Since 2013, she has been living between New York and London. For over twenty years she has exhibited and performed regularly throughout the UK, USA, Italy and Norway. She also plays saxophone, DJs and has danced and acted in numerous productions.
Zakiewicz’s ongoing research is predominantly focused towards examining the physical and metaphorical relationships between sound and drawing. This research has been 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 begin to 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 she often collaborates with actors 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) for the exhibitions Tweet Me Up and Label curated by Tracey Moberly. Zakiewicz has also exhibited and performed throughout various international institutions and museums including, Resonance FM (UK), ARTIsm3160 (Venice, Italy), USF (Norway), Bill Young's Dance Studio (NYC), The Mothership (NYC). Zakiewicz studied Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art, London and Anglia Polytechnic University, Cambridge, before completing a research-based Masters of Fine Art at London Metropolitan University where she explored the physical and metaphorical relationships between sound and drawing. This research included how the body experiences the world, our perceptions, and rhythm and how we conceptualize objects, frames, repetition, embodied patterns.
She currently writes for the contemporary art magazine Art 511.