Who is Zoe Buckman?
Zoe Buckman is an English artist, photographer, and writer. Her artwork, Heavy Rag, examines the dichotomy of boxing, a sport in which gloves are used to harm, as well as for protection. The body of work was Buckman’s first exhibition to open since her mother’s passing and was greatly inspired by Louise Bourgeois’ textile works. Present Life examines the temporary nature and beauty of life from the focal point of the exhibit, Buckman’s plastinated placenta. After the birth of Buckman’s daughter, Cleo, Buckman was informed that her placenta had deteriorated and could have caused the premature death of her child had she not been born. She preserved her placenta through plastination and used the experience to inform her Present Life art series. In the series, Buckman’s plastinated placenta is shown encased in marble.
Every Curve brings together Buckman’s love of 1990s rap lyrics from The Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur, and her Feminist ideology through an installation of embroidery on vintage women’s lingerie. Her hand-embroidered rap lyrics onto vintage garments to explore the conflict between feminism and hip-hop. Katherine Fritz of MTV says that the art series explores the dialogue between the misogynistic lyrics within rap and the pro-abortion rights, feminist content found within the text. Every Curve “illustrates the oppositional perceptions of woman as a sexual object, woman as love, and woman as creator; perceptions which, with recourse to history, remain unchanged”, stated art critic Hannah-Rosanne Poulton of A Taste for Art. Mostly It’s Just Uncomfortable is her response to the political controversy surrounding Planned Parenthood in the United States. The body of work includes gynecological and boxing imagery and objects. Two of the neon works from the series, Champion and Champ have been featured in the inaugural exhibition of For Freedoms, an artist-run Super PAC, at Jack Shainman Gallery and Rock The Vote’s Truth to Power exhibition at the 2016 Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia.
Let Her Rave is a response to a line in Keats’ poem Ode on Melancholy. The work in this series is about society’s control of women and their bodies through patriarchal constructs. Though she has been a long-time Keats’ admirer, the artist was unable to resolve the line ‘Or if thy mistress some rich anger shows / Imprison her soft hand, and let her rave.’ Sculptures of boxing gloves trimmed with vintage wedding dresses that hang from the ceiling as well as a powerful neon adorned with wedding veils explore the complex aggressions that women face each day and the idea that they must fight in response. Further in terms of matrimony, they suggest the weight, strength, and delicacy of marriage and its impact on womanhood.
She is a member of For Freedoms, the first artist-run Super PAC founded by artists Eric Gottesman and Hank Willis Thomas. She has participated in several projects with the organization including an exhibition at Jack Shainman, New York, NY; a bus bench with Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago, IL; a billboard -‘’ Grab ‘Em By the Ballots’’ – in Harrisburg, PA; and a political campaign advertisement for W Magazine featuring Jemima Kirke. Buckman and Natalie Frank collaborated on Buckman’s first public project, a mural at New York Live Arts during spring 2017 titled We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident. The piece was a response to the election of Donald Trump and it utilizes misogynistic text gathered from statements that former and current male politicians have made about women and their bodies.
Zoe Buckman Age
She was born on September 13, 1985 in London Borough of Hackney, London, United Kingdom.
Zoe Buckman is a multidisciplinary artist who was born on September 13, 1985 in Hackney, East London. Creativity runs in her blood: her father, Jennie Buckman, is an accomplished TV writer and the former head of acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts; her uncle, Peter Buckman, is a writer and literary agent.
In 2009, she graduated from the International Center of Photography. Her work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions around the globe. Buckman is currently a resident of Brooklyn, where her loft doubles as a studio and gallery for her work.
Buckman’s art is heavily inspired by feminism and hip-hop. Take her series “Heavy Rag”, which includes boxing gloves made of used wedding dresses, and punching bags made of quilting squares. “There’s that conversation between the hard and the soft and stereotypically feminine and stereotypically masculine,” she explained in an interview with 21c Museum Hotels. “My intention with those pieces is to convey this sense of tightness and being hemmed in or held back or repressed.”
For more on what inspires her, check out the whole interview:
David Schwimmer And Zoe Buckman’s Marriage
Schwimmer is rumored to have met Buckman in 2006 or early 2007 when he was in London to shoot Run Fatboy Run. At the time, Buckman was a waitress at a members-only hotspot The Cuckoo Club. She promptly packed her things and moved across the pond to continue her relationship with Schwimmer.
In October 2012, People revealed that the couple had secretly married four months earlier. Schwimmer was 42 at the time; Buckman was 24. The actor was committed to keeping the nuptials—and his personal life in general—under wraps. In a 2016 episode of the Awards Chatter podcast, he said, “The effect of celebrity … made me want to hide under a baseball cap and not be seen. And I realized after a while that I was no longer watching people. I was trying to hide.”
On May 11, 2011, Buckman gave birth to the couple’s first and only child, daughter Cleo Buckman Schwimmer. The family lived together in downtown Manhattan, but in April 2017, the husband and wife announced their separation. In a joint statement, they told Us:
“It is with great love, respect and friendship that we have decided to take some time apart while we determine the future of our relationship. Our priority is, of course, our daughter’s happiness and well-being during this challenging time, and so we ask for your support and respect for our privacy as we continue to raise her together and navigate this new chapter for our family.”
Given Schwimmer’s private nature, the public has no insight into the reason behind their split.
Zoe Buckman And David Schwimmer’s Relationship Now
Schwimmer and Buckman may no longer be a romantic pair, but they seem to remain excellent friends with shared priorities and interests. In 2020, they were spotted together at a Black Lives Matter march in New York City. Buckman described him in an Instagram post as “my comrade and co-parent.” Schwimmer re-posted the same pic from the event and added, “We’re no longer a couple, but @zoebuckman and I are parents of a nine year old, and fellow advocates for social justice and reform. We marched in honor of the countless black lives lost to racial violence.”
Zoe Buckman Children
She has a daughter, Cleo Buckman Schwimmer who was born in 2011.
Zoe Buckman Height
She stands at a height of 5 feet 5 inches (1.68 m) tall.
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