Zoë Buckman’s multidisciplinary practice incorporates sculpture, textiles, ceramics, photography, and large-scale public installations. Adopting an explicitly feminist approach, her work explores identity, trauma and gendered violence, subverting preconceived notions of vulnerability and strength. Choosing to work with objects associated with domesticity and femininity, Buckman often incorporates vintage fabrics into her work, including dishcloths, lingerie, and table linen. These textiles, traditionally used and decorated by women, recall an intimacy with the body and provoke an affective response. Bearing traces of their past, vintage fabrics point to a history of oppression within the domestic sphere, but also to the need for and comfort of intergenerational dialogue between women.
Text is another key element of Buckman’s practice, incorporated through embroidery, neon, and print. Intensely personal and often confessional in tone, the artist uses words to form an intimate and emotionally charged relationship with the viewer. Her words draw on diverse sources, from the lyrics of hip-hop or Keats, to the work of her late mother, the playwright Jennie Buckman, as well as her writings that draw on her own experiences.