Dana Buzzee is an interdisciplinary visual artist currently based in Calgary, Alberta. They hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with distinction from the Alberta College of Art and Design, which included studies at The New York Studio Residency Program in Brooklyn and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University in Halifax. Since graduating in 2012, Buzzee has exhibited and completed residencies both nationally and internationally. Their sculptures, installations, and images have been featured in group exhibitions in the United States, Finland, Germany, and Canada. Buzzee explores identity and power dynamics from a queer-feminist perspective, and they have maintained their practice with residencies at Artscape Gibraltar Point in Toronto, Calgary Allied Arts Foundation, Arteles Creative Centre in Finland, and Nes Artist Residency in Iceland. Buzzee’s recent projects include their solo exhibitions Femme Top Of Your Dreams at The Lily, Smoke Show at The Ledge Gallery, and Bruise Me Softly at Stride Gallery.
Buzzee’s artistic focus on witchcraft, as both a material practice and a metaphorical framework for exploring queer identity, has shifted in recent years to centre an overtly autobiographical consideration of queerness. While their methodologies remain firmly rooted in feminist theory and empowered spiritualism, Buzzee’s research-based practice is constantly expanding, and currently examines the rich history of lesbian printed matter generated over the past fifty years in North America. Buzzee utilizes a wide array of mediums and techniques to produce their work including drawing, photography, sewing, felting and hand-knitting, affirming the predominance of craft traditions within their practice. Over the past year, they have begun integrating leather working into their art making, pushing their creative production further into the realm of sculpture-based installation.
In concert with their work as a professional artist, Buzzee enjoys a dedicated volunteer arts administration practice. Their introduction to feminist community organizing was made at the Alberta College of Art and Design as a member of the student-run Feminist Book Club. After participating in gallery internships at both A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn and the Illingworth Kerr Gallery in Calgary, Buzzee founded and directed The Coven Gallery, a student gallery still operating today at the Alberta College of Art and Design. From 2013 to 2017, Buzzee served on the Board of Directors for the Second Story Artists Society, now operating as Truck Contemporary Art in Calgary, acting on behalf of the executive committee as vice-president and later president of the board. In 2016, Buzzee took on the role of Visual Arts Curator for Femme Wave Feminist Arts Festival, an annual festival based in Calgary, completing the successful presentation of Femme Wave’s 2016 and 2017 Visual Arts Programming thus far. Currently Buzzee is acting as co-curator for 2018 with Femme Wave, training their successor in the role of curator.