Multi-disciplinary Artist, Creative Activist, Mother
Working in sculpture, installation and photography, Zoe Buckman's work focuses on the themes of feminism, mortality and equality. Hailing from Hackney, East London and currently residing in Brooklyn, Zoe's work has been featured everywhere in between. With a talented eye and a huge heart, Zoe Buckman is disrupting the world of modern art.
Q: Where is home?
A: Brooklyn, New York
Q: Mantra you live by?
A: Life is happening for us, open your eyes and learn.
Q: How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
A: A warm forest.
Q: Favorite song of all time?
A: Juicy, Biggie
Q: Complete the sentence: I got my big break when…
A: I became a Mother.
Q: Last album you listened to?
A: Blonde by Frank Ocean.
Q: A woman you admire?
A: My friend Chantelle Sargeant, AKA the best English teacher my home borough of Hackney ever had.
Q: ‘Other’ is about loving what makes you different. It’s about being yourself. What’s ‘other’ about you?
A: I’d say I am other because of how I see the world, how I feel about the world, and how I use my art to reflect these things.
Q: Complete the sentence. When I wake up in the morning I -----
A: Think simultaneously about sex, making a cup of tea, how lucky I am, my daughter, and what I want to achieve today.
Q: Best advice you’ve ever been given?
A: When it comes to cocktails—1, 2, 3, floor.
Q: One thing not many people know about you?
A: I have a twin brother.
Q: Your advice to an emerging maker?
A: Always keep finding ways to learn and grow and expand your practice. When you get knocked down, look for a way to channel that negativity into strengthening your work and your sense of self. Give yourself a finite amount of time each day to respond to admin, as it will inhibit your creativity and bleed into your time for making and evolving.
Q: The time I nearly gave up…explain.
A: I’ve never nearly given up! I’ve grappled with self-doubt and frustration, I’ve experienced longing for greater validation and approval, I’ve yearned to make more money out of my work… but I don’t remember ever being close to throwing in the towel.
Q: Complete this sentence: The future is female because…
A: Consciousness is slowly being raised which means a shift away from our previous, hackneyed modes of living and governing.