Nancy Buchanan’s thirty year art production focuses on themes of power and personal place. Chosen media is related to selected themes. Because art is not “truth,” and remains open-ended, she believes it reframes subjects avoided in polite social discussion, both for clarification and as social sculpture.
Buchanan who studied art at U.C. Irvine participated in the exhibition New Art from Orange County co-sponsored by the UC Irvine Studio Art Department and the Newport Harbor Art Museum in 1972. In her performance Hair Transplant, at the F Space, an alternative space run by UC Irvine students, Bucahnan symbolically switched genders with Robert Walker a male performer by exchanging body hair.