Jillian McDonald


The Moti Hasson Gallery in New York City is currently presenting “Waking the Dead,” a new body of work by Canadian-born, New York-based artist Jillian McDonald. The exhibition will include a special performance on Halloween night. Within the show, the artist has produced several videos and a series of photographs which feature images that are derivative from a variety of horror films. In the work above, “Horror Makeup (2006), McDonald films herself transforming into a zombie as viewers gaze upon the transformation on an otherwise ‘normal’ subway ride. In reference to placing herself in the work, Mcdonald states “My presence in the work is not autobiographical. I think it’s clear that my image serves as a deliberate subject who enacts shared fantasies or fears.” McDonald received funding the exhibition in part by a grant from Pace University, and created the work through residencies in New York at The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace Program, The School of Visual Arts, and The Western Front in Vancouver, Canada. The artist received her MFA from Hunter College in NYC, and has complete exhibitions worldwide including works with Jack the Pelican Presents, NYC, Soap Factory, Minneapolis, and upcoming exhibitions with 1708 Gallery in Richmond, VA, and Bjornson Kajiwara Gallery in Vancouver.