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Born in London, UK

1997 - 2010
BTec Foundation (Art & Design), Chelsea College of Art, London (1997)
BA in Fine Art (Printmaking) from ARU Cambridge (2020)
MA by Project (Fine Art) from London Metropolitan University (2010)

Video works presented at Tate Tanks, for the exhibition Tweet me up and projections screened at Tate Britain, in the exhibition Label

2013 - 2020
Lived and worked in New York on an O1 Visa; was named in the New York's top 10 artists list in Art5111 magazine, 2018

Published essay "The Aesthetics of Failure" in "The Aesthetics of Imperfection in Music and the Arts: Spontaneity, Flaws and the Unfinished" (Bloomsbury)

Group show with Birgitta Hosea & Carali McCall (co-authors of Performance Drawing: New Practices Since 1945) for Some Loose Assemblies, 100 Years Gallery, London

Duo project with Gerald Curtis for Writing the Future, Watermans Art Centre London, ACE Funded

Duo exhibition with Sophie Seita "There's no way I can know it, the object or the body", HOXTON 253 Art Project Space, London, Funded by Hackney Council

Sonic works brodcast on Isotopica for Resonance FM

Staged solo immersive performance painting at Venice Biennale, "Tintoretto's Daughter"; reviewed by SPAM zine in Kherbek's essay 'Posthuman, all too human'.

Solo Show Boudicca's Daughters at Aldeburgh Beach Lookout, UK

Launched Creatrix Pod








Claire Zakiewicz in Sara Lane Studios, Hoxton
Photographer: Chris Freeman, 2022




As a performance painter, my work examines relationships between sound and painting and the aesthetics of improvisation. Some of these relationships are physical, immediate and felt, while others are reflective, considered or based on conceptual metaphor. My practice incorporates acting and dance techniques such as Meisner and Contact Improvisation to explore qualities of mark-making through gestural, automatic, accidental and incidental marking interspersed with contemplative periods of judgement, editing and contextualisation.

I’m interested in the vibrancy, vitality and history of places, bodies and objects and the significance of human creativity in the post human age. My work is an exercise in listening and looking more deeply with the whole body and a meditation on solitude and connection. I am interested in how the digital turn has impacted how we see and how we paint. I explore what it is to draw from memory, the imagination, concepts, prescribed patterns and intuitive processes. My own experience of the work is often transformative by allowing me to explore cognitive processes that underlie our emotional and conceptual relationship with the arts.

Abstract and figurative painting is the central context within which I explore these questions. I also play saxophone, produce electronic music, videos, projections, installations, photographic works and performances that examine the complexities of exchange and attunement. My exhibitions often include live painting installations, live dance and music performances as well as editions, paintings of all sizes and projections.


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