Zoë at work in her studio. Image Credit: Alexander Porter, Courtesy of the Artist & WEBBCREATIVE.
Editor's note: I am thrilled to share this with you today. One of my favorite clients is a talented artist who if you have not already heard about, you will soon enough. She was the featured artist this week on FolioCue and its such a great read that I decided to share the article in full here. She is talented, has great style, is smart and is one of the sweetest people you will every meet. Oh and these days she is back to being a brunette despite her gorgeous blonde self in the picture above. So she is one of those girls that looks good no matter what. How can you not love her? You can follow her on instagram too.
“A lot of my work explores ideas around time. Vintage lingerie—relics from our past and windows into cultural ideas of female objectification are reworked using musical text from a very specific time and place. I also explore and try to preserve changing states of time—a woman into a mother, life into decay, night into dawn and so on."
Born in London in 1985, Zoë Buckman attended the International Center of Photography in New York City, and has since expanded her practice to include sculpture, neon, and embroidery.
Zoë’s body of work, Present Life Past Dreams, addresses the relationship between life and death through varied media. As a series, its starting point is one directly informed by the artist’s highly personal experience with childbirth from which questions pertaining to transience, permanency, and mortality are explored. By plasticizing her placenta, and later incasing it in marble, Zoë exposes the inherent and volatile dualism of this organ—of its life giving properties and its momentary usage.
Zoë’s ongoing body of work, EVERY CURVE, explores the contradictory and complimentary influences of feminism and hip-hop in her upbringing through an installation of hanging vintage lingerie. Zoë hand-embroiders the pieces with lyrics that refer to women from iconic rappers, Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. The text spans from the violent and misogynistic to the wholly sympathetic and pro-choice, which produces a witty juxtaposition that provokes contemplation about feminism and its meaning today.
Need to Knows:
She meditates for twenty minutes 1- 2 times a day.
When she was 21 years old, she talked her way out of a mugging at screwdriver-point by using threatening language, rude boy name-dropping, and street slang.
She has a twin brother.
Where to See Her Work:
Her upcoming solo exhibition Present Life Past Dreams will open February 25, 2015 at Garis & Hahn Gallery in New York City.
What Was your first museum experience?
"When I was between the ages of 4 and 11, my primary school would frequently take us to the Geffrye museum in Hackney. It explores the home and the ways in which people lived between the 17th-20th century in London… it might be one the reasons I’m drawn to vintage and antiques."
Article courtesy FolioCue.
(L) Definition of Feminine. (R) Do We Hate Our Women. Images courtesy of the Artist and WEBBCREATIVE.
Swear I'll Never. Image courtesy of the Artist and WEBBCREATIVE.
Installation of Every Curve series. Image Credit: Alexander Porter, Courtesy of the Artist & WEBBCREATIVE.
(L) Untitled 6, 2013, Neon, 70 x 40 inches. Image Credit: Alexander Porter, Courtesy of the Artist & WEBBCREATIVE. (R) Untitled 8, 2013, Concrete relief tile, 14 x 14 inches each, sequence of 7. Image courtesy of the Artist and WEBBCREATIVE.
Every Curve series installed in Zoë’s studio. Image Credit: Alexander Porter, Courtesy of the Artist & WEBBCREATIVE.
(L) Untitled 9, 2013, Plastinate in marble, 19.5 x 31 x 12 inches. Image Credit: Alexander Porter, Courtesy of the Artist & WEBBCREATIVE. (R) Untitled 7, 2013, Neon mounted on corrian, 57.5 x 41.5 inches. Image courtesy of the Artist and WEBBCREATIVE.
Works from Present Life series. Image Credit: Alexander Porter, Courtesy of the Artist & WEBBCREATIVE.
Shop the Inspired Style Gallery
The looks FolioCue has curated taking Zoë's life and work as their inspiration, including must-haves from her favorite designers like Miu Miu, Nike, and Saint Laurent.
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(L-R) Miu Miu Metallic Stretch-Knit Briefs, Miu Miu Metallic Stretch-Knit Soft-Cup Bra, Miu Miu Embellished PU Mini Skirt.
(L-R) Patricia NYC Custom 14K Nameplate Bamboo Earrings, Solange Hot Lips Ring, IAM by Ileana Makri Safety Pin 10-karat Gold Earring.
(L-R) Saint Laurent Silk-trimmed Embellished Velvet Mini Dress, Miu Miu Embellished Cashmere Sweater, Saint Laurent Satin-Trimmed Wool-Crepe Tuxedo Jacket, Acne Studios Pop It Boyfriend Jean, Saint Laurent Polka-dot Silk Crepe de Chine Dress.
(L-R) Oribe Apres Beach Wave and Spray, Bionda Catana Nicole Lace Pumps, Kevyn Aucoin Beauty 'Creamy Glow'.
(L-R) Nike Air Max 90 Premium, Chanel Lift Lumiere Smoothing and Rejuvinating Eye Contour Concealer, Nike Air Max 90 Leather Sneakers.