Survey by Qualaroo

Ruth Buchanan

Ruth Buchanan (born 1980, New Zealand) creates formally precise and reduced constellations of works, including objects, photography, text, sound, and architectural forms.

These constellations suggest spaces, both literally and as narrative scenarios. Often these speculative scenarios depart from what she calls “meetings with meaning”, staged encounters with particular figures, historical events, or architectural locations. These encounters subsequently become groups of objects, spatial propositions or collections of words. In No Solitary Beat, the artist is heard reading a script which becomes a narration for the room and the encounters between the audience and the objects in the space, describing interaction between people and things. On two delicately painted screen-like boards, a still from a TV documentary about museum pedagogy in New Zealand is projected as a 35mm slide.