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ABOUT

Born and raised in Jamaican Raneece Buddan moved to Alberta in 2015. She completed my BFA in Art and Design at the University of Alberta in 2020. In her work she focuses on her cultural identity as a Jamaican woman of African and Indo-Caribbean descent. She depicts the merging of both cultures with the use of fabric from each. The fabric is used as an additional identifier for who she is, rather than her skin tone. She works to obscure the concept that we need to look a certain way, with specific features and shade of skin tone in order to be a part of a group/race.  In Jamaica as a child being mixed with another race was glorified. The silkier the hair, the "nicer" and "prettier" it is and you too in turn.  This is relayed through the use of synthetic hair to signify her struggle from a young age with her attachment to her hair, intertwining it with her beauty. However it was still not silky enough and her skin tone not light enough in order to be seen as a “real” Indian. 

    

 Her process is based on material exploration and finding the figures within the grains of the wood and the clumps of clay. She sees them as being stuck between a phase of abstraction and realism; state of uncertainty. The goal of each piece she creates is to learn more about myself and celebrate the beauty and complexity of her race and culture throughout the process. 

 

CV

Exhibitions

2017

Hope and Fear, Rutherford Library Edmonton AB, curated by Royden Mills and Marliene Oliver

2018

Going Once Auction and Exhibition, Enterprise Square Gallery, curated by The Visual Arts Student Association

2019

As if Matter Matters, Rutherford Library, Edmonton AB, curated by Royden Mills,  Stephanie Jonsson, Cam Wallace

2019

Representation of Blackness in the Arts Research by Mpoe Mogale, Van Vilet, University of Alberta

2019

Becoming, North Main Gallery, Salem NY, USA, curated by Anthony Cafritz

2019

North Bennington Outdoor Sculpture Show (NBOSS), North Bennington, Vermont, USA, curated by Joe Chirchirillo

2019

As Is, On Sight Auction, Enterprise Square, Edmonton, AB

2020

5 Artist 1 Love Exhibition, Art Gallery of Alberta, curated by Elizabeth Hill and Natalie Meyer, Edmonton, AB

2020

5 Artist 1 Love Exhibition, Scott Gallery, curated by Heather Hamel and Natalie Meyer, Edmonton, AB

2020

5 Artist 1 Love Exhibition, Jake’s Framing, curated by Natalie Meyer, Edmonton, AB

2020

Castles of Butter, Lowlands Project Space, curated by Steven Teeuwsen, Edmonton, Alberta

2020

Making Space: 2020 In Review, Outdoor Exhibition, Terry P. Daley Gallery Space, Edmonton, AB

2020

Schmoozy Silent Auction, Latitude 53, curated by Michelle Schultz

2021

Skirts A Fire Visual Art Exhibit and Festival, curated by Stephanie Florence, Edmonton, AB

2021

5 Artists 1 Love Black Every Day, Art Gallery of Alberta, curated by Darren Jordan,

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Experience

2018

Works Art Festival, Gallery Attendant, Edmonton, AB

2018

Act of Care BFA Grad Exhibition, Social Media Coordinator, University of Alberta

2018

Going Once Auction and Exhibition, Volunteer Coordinator 

and Installation, University of Alberta 

2019

Nice to Meet You BFA Grad Exhibition, Volunteer Coordinator, University of Alberta

2019

Artist Talk, Union College, Albany, NY

2019

Artist Talk, North Main Gallery, Salem, NY

2019

Young Artist in Residence, Salem Art Works, Salem, NY

2019

Nice to Meet You BFA Grad Exhibition, Volunteer Coordinator , University of Alberta

2019

As Is, On Sight, Asst. Auction Coordinator and Volunteer Coordinator, Enterprise Square, Edmonton, AB

2020

Visual Arts Students Association (VASA), 400 and 500 level Open Studios Coordinator

2020

Artist Talk, Lowlands Project Space, Edmonton, AB

2020

Gallery Intern, Latitude 53, Edmonton, AB

  

 

Education

2016-2020

The University of Alberta, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art and Design

 

Awards

2021

Edmonton Arts Council's (EAC) Equity and Access Grants for Individuals & Collectives

2018

Universiade ‘83 Scholarship

 
 

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