Zakea is a world championship medalist in performing arts. His work explores the integration of sports and arts with the belief that they are the same. He expresses the importance to recognize the way different disciplines are woven into one another.

What kind of Maker are you?

I am a multidisciplinary artist including performance art, painting, street art, film, photography
and VR. My work explores the relationships between humans and their environment. I also have
a performing arts practice that incorporates sports and arts together by using athletic skill to
paint large works. I have been involved with combining both art and sports since 2015. As a
passionate sportsperson and artist I found that a lot of the time sports and arts were the same
thing, they use the same part of your brain and are both skills using the body and mind. I
wanted to challenge the stigma that art and sport are completely different disciplines. I try to
avoid domain dependence which I see as the inability to see how different disciplines are woven
into each other.

How old were you when you first got involved in the Maker community?

I was 19 when I was part of my first makers faire in Wellington. It was a great opportunity to
share my work with the wider Wellington region and to be introduced to world class makers. I
was an active part of the art scene in Shanghai, China where I grew up.

Why did you get into Making? Did anyone introduce you to your area of expertise?

Shanghai was a huge artistic inspiration for me, the streets, the people, the culture.I also had
the opportunity to watch world class athletes. Witnessing Usain Bolt- and Roger Federer
compete… Their- performance revealed the blurred line between athlete and artist. It doesn’t
matter if it’s on the field or the studio, great art demands that we seek excellence.

What inspires you when you are working on a project?

I am motivated by all sorts of things. One of my biggest inspirations is the possibility of
becoming a world class artist. That dream helps me when I feel unmotivated. My biggest
inspiration is my family. I want to be a role model for my little brother and inspire him the way he
is a role model and inspires me.

What advice would you give to young people who want to get involved?

I am in the same boat as them, I am a young artist who wants to get involved in exciting
projects. From my experience I find that reaching out to the community and meeting new people
in the specific field can really help you learn more and become more engaged with field and
your community.

Tell us about a Maker that inspires you?

Currently I am inspired by Dylan Mulder who has done amazing work such as his success at the
World Of Wearable arts. His works pushes creative boundaries through his collaboration with AI
to create amazing Jewelry. His work is always at the forefront of technology and his endlessly
inspiring.