Come Close - a portrait of Zoë Buckman

We visited the Brooklyn-based artist in her studio to talk about what inspires her as a woman, as an artist, and as an activist. Buckman's multidisciplinary art practice encompasses neon, sculpture, photography, poetry, and embroidery.

Her work explores the themes of feminism, womanhood, and systems of oppression. For our collaboration, Buckman created a limited edition of 75 artworks on vintage handkerchiefs, which feature a poem excerpt by the artist, digitally and hand-embroidered in white thread. The artist also created a shorter edition of 3 vintage table runners, featuring her poem in full. Watch the video to learn more about the process and inspiration for this body of work.



Zoë Buckman was born in 1985 in Hackney, East London. She studied at The International Center of Photography (GS ‘09) and was awarded an Art Matters Grant in 2017.  She has shown in solo exhibitions at Gavlak Gallery, Los Angeles; Papillion Art, Los Angeles; Project for Empty Space, Newark; Garis & Hahn Gallery, Los Angeles; and Milk Gallery, New York. Group exhibitions include Camden Arts Centre, London; The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Children’s Museum of the Arts, New York; Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York; The Tarble Arts Center, Illinois; Goodman Gallery, South Africa; Jack Shainman Gallery, New York;  Unit London; NYU Florence, Grunwald Gallery of Art Gallery, Indiana University; The Democratic National Convention, Philadelphia; The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Atlanta; and The National Museum of African-American History & Culture,Washington, D.C.; The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey; and The Centre Regional D’Art Contemporain, Sète, France. Public art installations include For Freedoms “50 State Initiative”, “Inaction is Apathy” billboard at 21c Museum Hotel Bentonville, Arkansas and “Champ” at The Standard, Downtown LA with Art Production Fund. Buckman currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. 

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