Claire Zakiewicz is a British artist based in London and New York.
Her practice explores physical and metaphorical relationships between sound and drawing within the context of an interdisciplinary art practice. She contributed a chapter describing her drawing practice for the volume Aesthetics of Imperfection: Spontaneity, Flaws and the Unfinished (Bloomsbury).
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 (2019) for the 58th Venice Biennale, at NOoSPHERE Arts (New York), Bill Young's Dance Studio (New York), The Last Frontier (New York), and The Aldeburgh Beach Lookout (UK). She has performed at The Mothership (New York) Plaxall Gallery (New York), Itinerant Performing Arts Festival (New York) and ARTI3160 (Venice). She has performed at Landmark, USF, and BEK (Bergan, Norway), PointB Worklodge (New York) and live on Resonance FM (London).
She studied at Chelsea College of Art and Anglia Ruskin University, prior to completing an MA at Sir John Cass School of Art in Fine Art.
I explore relationships between sound and drawing. Some of these relationships are more physical, immediate and felt, which others more conceptual, reflective and considered. Drawing sound is an act of performance. My concern for this work was to examine the tension between failure and resolution and the balance between control and surrender.
While training allows us to create more space, freedom and precision and that imprecision, failure and disruptions create new pathways, I wonder how much we can really escape the confines of our prescribed patterns - whether from our brain synapses or muscle memory. Spontaneous, intuitive gestures seem to involve a flow of pre-learnt embodied patterns.
So I ask: How does sound perform in drawing? What is it to draw from observing the world around me, whether through sight or sound? To what extent are we governed by our own physicality and the influence of our conscious and subconscious perceptions? Control will only take me so far and produce a certain quality of mark-making. When I consciously try to control things, it seems impossible to behave intuitively. Perhaps control, like time itself, has multiple forms, of which some are real and others a form of illusion.