Claire Zakiewicz is a British born visual artist working across, drawing, film, sound and performance. Her primary area of enquiry is the performance of drawing. She examines the intimacy of exchange and the pictorialization of space through performing drawing and sculpting sounds into a physicality of sorts.
Each body of work is the outcome of critical research and observation of how objects in space, whether drawn or performed, are perceived and understood. Zakiewicz asks: what else is involved in perceiving objects in space?
For her most recent project titled Out of the Mothership, Zakiewicz collaborated with musician and Astrophysicist Gavin Starks who composed a hand written letter for the artist at the beginning of 2017. The letter, intimate yet philosophical in nature, discussed Starks ongoing research into combining sound and cosmology, as a new cultural language.
Starks' interest in modes of perception and networked thinking alongside Zakiewicz's enquiry into the phenomenology of drawing is the focus. Starks says: "For me, music, like mathematics, is a non-verbal language. It is experiential". He asks whether our current concerns in astrophysics - for dimensionality, curvature, gravitation, symmetry, spin and manifold mirror those in the arts - leading him to questions such as: "is there a musical equivalent to the CURVATURE of space-time?"
"We can draw interesting parallels between the macro-languages of music and Art over the centuries," Zakiewicz writes. "And the evolution of our understanding of the universe. Our physicality is our cosmic home. Each line drawn with attention to the body and to the drawing itself and our interactions outside of ourselves whether verbal or experiential, moment-to-moment.
In 2011 she completed a research-based Masters of Fine Art at Sir John Cass School of Art, London, where she researched the physical and metaphorical relationships between sound and drawing. Zakiewicz has exhibited and performed throughout various international institutions and museums including, Tate Tanks (UK), Tate Modern (UK), Resonance FM (UK), ARTIsm3160 (Venice), USF (Norway), Bill Young's Dance Studio (NYC).
Artist in Residence at Mothership.NYC
Solo Exhibition - Details TBC
William Kherbek, Me & Cherabino, 2016
Interview. with. the. artist. Claire. Zakiewicz
- Full interview
- William's Blog
Jez Riley French, Vendure Engraved, 2016