Prize Winner

Scottish Society of Artists Annual Exhibition

Painting & Printmaking School of Fine Art

Irene Buchan

Contact
ikb4567@gmail.com
@irenebuchan_art
Works
Pink Urinals and Degree Show works
Other works

Pink Urinals and Degree Show works

My main body of work focuses on the institutional aesthetics of a commonly used object and how that image of a male identified object can be reappropriated. It highlights the sociological and repressed evaluation of what the urinal represents in contemporary culture and identifies the association between mass produced items and man-made objects relating to the body and stereotypical gender roles.

Pink Urinals stems from my early experience as the only female surveyor on a construction site and the continuous sexist behaviour of male colleagues.

Pink Urinals are a component of a series in which body forms—male, female, phallic, pregnant belly, androgynous, fluid, and non-binary—are portrayed through the creation of slip clay ceramics and other softer materials using an inverse cast of the original urinal cast.

 

Other parts of my Degree Show works are based on memories of childhood, fragility and absence. I alternate between the two areas and use humour or oddness in some of the work all the while exploring the body through material play and form.

Chosen materials; soap, expanding foam, crystacast, jesmonite, slip-casting clays, clear acrylic and others.

Invited to take part in the Society of Scottish Artists 126th annual exhibition to be held at the RSA, Edinburgh in November – December 2024.

 

 

Pink Urinals

Expanding Foam x 2, Soap, Crystacast

Sitting on the Fire, Warm Glow in the Grate

Jesmonite casts of my own limbs. Soap (three-tone) cast fire fret

Epicene 2

Slip cast clay ceramics (inverse of urinal)

Epicene 3 - Yin Yang

Slip cast clay ceramics (inverse of urinal)

Rejected, Saturday Mornings (background)

Soap forearms and hand, coloured, steel rods, laser cut clear demountable acrylic plinth. In sunlight. Piano keys cast (from my brothers unwanted piano) in soap.

Epicene 4

Slip cast clay ceramics (inverse of urinal)

Epicene 1

Slip cast stained Parian clay ceramics (inverse of urinal)

Neither this nor the Other 1

Gelatine - partial inverse of urinal

Epicene 1

Slip cast Parian clay ceramics (inverse of urinal)

Scarred Elbows

Jesmonite, pigment, made to scar

Afternoon Delights

Mixed media nipples taken from the cast of inverse urinals

Epicene 5

Slip cast clay ceramics (inverse of urinal)

Soap (three-tone) cast fire fret

Warm Glow in the Grate

Other works

Eventurum

Perspex. lighting gels, tape, card, cord, plastic tubing, copper wire, black foil, acrylic paint, 2017.

Two legged balance, 2023

Two legged balance, 2023

Rhombus 27, 2021

Latex and wire

Torn, 2020

Weighed down by her Femininity, 2024

Conjoined Elbows, 2023

Soap

Urinal Unicycle, 2023

Urinal Unicycle, 2023

Urinal Unicycle, 2023

Suffocate, 2020

Refraction, 2023

Clear acrylic, laser cut slots.

Tree Burl Distortion, 2017

Lates, paint

Tree Burl Distortion, 2017

Lates, paint

Tree Burl Distortion, 2017

Latex

Untitled, 2019

Mixed media

Untitled, 2021

Oil paint on board

Cube, 2020

Latex, wire, oil paint, one staple, doorway, natural light.

Kindness, 2021

Jesmonite, packaging made to burst, gifted daffs.

Vertebrae Teeth, 2021

Vertebrae Teeth, 2021

Vertebrae Teeth, 2021

Vertebrae Teeth, 2021

Vertebrae Teeth, (Tempormandibular disorder), on moving old record player, 2021