Dana Buzzee (b.1986) is a visual artist and educator currently based on Treaty 7 land, the traditional territories of the Blackfoot, the Stoney Nakoda, and the Tsuut’ina Nations, as well as the Métis Nation of Alberta; in Calgary, Canada. Buzzee’s practice is rooted in queer ecology, disability justice discourse, internet studies, and visual/material culture, particularly engaging with both the “stuff” and desires of counter-culture communities, composing an interdisciplinary gathering committed to re-wilding the sculptural field. Buzzee’s recent fascination with plastics—a hallmark material of the Anthropocene epoch—reflects a nuanced exploration of consumerist fetishism tied to extractive capitalist economies, while also serving as a narrative medium for deep-time storytelling and speculative thought.
Buzzee’s recent exhibitions include solo and group exhibitions at: HOT*BED, Philadelphia (2022); Ditch Contemporary, Springfield (2022); Eugene Contemporary (2021); The Plumb, Toronto (2021); Xpace, Toronto (2020); Harcourt House, Edmonton (2019); and Stride Gallery, Calgary (2018). Buzzee has received grants from the Calgary Arts Development Authority, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and the Canada Council for the Arts. Buzzee’s recent residency participation includes the Banff Centre (2021), The Icelandic Textile Center, Blonduos (2019), and Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto (2016). Buzzee holds a BFA from the Alberta College of Art and Design (now the Alberta University of the Arts), Calgary (2012), and an MFA from the University of Oregon, Eugene (2022).