This particular series titled Performing Colour examines the spatialization of time, body memory and colour theory. The temporal aspect of this work, performed in real time, as one continuous motion, exposed the various distinctions between conceptual time and real time. Claire Zakiewicz was blindfolded during the process of creation and collaborator Cary Burkowski dictated each colour decision, by assigning specific colored inks, which controlled Zakiewicz's movement and spatial direction on the canvas. Interestingly without sight the artist, repeatedly returned to the point of origin.
While documenting and reflecting on these live drawing experiments strange patterns became apparent that suggested unexplainable unconscious characteristics of perception. On one occasion, I drew without sight for one hour onto a 25’ roll of paper with the Brooklyn-based singer/cellist Meaner Pencil (Process Patterns). My focus was on her music, which I responded to via automatic drawing. I soon lost track of my location in the room but the resulting image was impossibly balanced. This video records my body returning to the ‘correct’ patches of colour when a collaborator passed pots of paint as I worked for hours blindfolded with my attention fixed on the sounds within the room. Muscle memory and intuition cannot explain the seemingly perfect delivery during these periods where control had been temporarily surrendered. I have a friend who is a data scientist and she recently told me of accounts where blind people can ‘see’ colour - possibly through its wavelength. As far as I am aware any explanation is still hypothetical. - Claire Zakiewicz