Kirsty Buchanan was born in Alexandria, Scotland and is based in London. She constructs quiet and fragile narratives in carefully composed environments incorporating drawing, film and performance. Linking each of these components is a connection to the notion of shame and the internalised gaze of society, for instance Buchanan films herself drawing sexual scenarios and encounters. These notions of shame are subject to fragmentation and alteration through the delicate and somewhat tantalising pencil drawings that emerge and become explicitly revealed and concealed in her films.
Buchanan has just completed the Drawing Year at The Prince’s Drawing School, London. Recent exhibitions include Tainted Love, Transition Gallery, London, 2012; You Aren’t Anything, You Are Everything, The Duchy, Glasgow, 2012; she was a prize-winner at Exeter Contemporary Open, Exeter Phoenix Gallery, Exeter, 2010.
2012 The Prince’s Drawing School, London
2009 Central Saint Martins, MA Fine Art. September 2009.
2008 Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee - Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Art, Philosophy and Contemporary Practices
2012 Cause I Only Have Eyes For You, Telephone Booth, Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam.
2011 O death rock me asleep, X presents, Kirsty Buchanan
2010 Transition Shopspace presents Kirsty Buchanan, Transition Gallery, London
2013 Ornament, Transition Gallery at huntergather, London
The Dream Machine, Transition at Sluice Art Fair, London
Duplicity, Transition Gallery, London
2012 Tainted Love, Transition Gallery, London (and touring)
You Aren’t Anything, You Are Everything, The Duchy, Glasgow
LONDON / BERLIN Anschlüssel, Fruehsorge Contemporary Drawings. Centre For Recent
2011 Strip, Transition Gallery at Sluice Art Fair, London.
What is an Art Book? The Modern Language Experiment presents at The Mews Project Space.
LONDON / BERLIN Anschlüssel, Fruehsorge Contemporary Drawings, Berlin.
Pulp Fictions, Transition Gallery, London
One Night Stand, Thistle hotel, Middlesborough.
Mock Tudor, Transition Gallery (offsite)
2010 Art Blitz, Transition Gallery, London.
Exeter Contemporary Open, Exeter Phoenix Gallery