Ruth Buchanan

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1980
Te Āti Awa, Taranaki, Māori

Brain Building Body

  • 2015
  • Wind resistant geo-mesh, rope, suspension connections, alu-pole, outdoor spray paint coated steel
  • Purchased 2021
  • 3305 x 2390mm
  • 2021/072.1-15

Brain Building Body brings together ideas of language, architecture and the body through a systems diagram, that describes the building as a body. It progresses on Ruth Buchanan’s earlier work The weather, a building that followed the story of a Berlin library as though it were a character, looking at ideas of embodied knowledge and poetic ways of understanding space. This work uses Ruth’s distinctive visual language of wavy pink and white stripes, taking up physical space through hanging across the room and requiring the viewer to walk around and between to read the work and think about their own position within it.

(Perilous: Unheard Stories from the Collection, 6 August 2022- )

Exhibition History