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Body Count Drawings

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Now that spring has sprung, my mind has turned to new tricks and slasher films: there are new signs of life (such as pollen) bursting out everywhere and most slashers strike in warm weather. For these reasons I don’t plan to set foot outdoors until late fall, so I’ve plenty of time to teach myself new skillz including drawing! Though not exactly new, drawing is a skill I’ve forgotten to exercise for approximately 15 years. It’s probably like riding a bicycle, but the last time I tried that I fell flat on my face, scared the crap out of myself, and left the bike equipment where it lay.

Here is a sneak peek of details from the first of my drawings, in progress, titled Body Count, Friday the 13th.

body count drawing 1

body count drawing 1

body count drawing 1

body count drawing 1

body count drawing 1

body count drawing 1

For those who are curious there are 11 deaths (athough 3 took place in the past and it is revealed that 1 of the “dead” may in fact be “undead”).

Spring…

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

Apparently it’s Easter and I am sitting in my temporary studio which is really a parlour in a possibly creepy old white mansion on a very run down street. There is moss between the stone steps leading up from the street and an electric yellow forsythia just outside one window. Through another window is a tulip tree, the kind I used to call magnolia, with half-opened magenta buds. I hear fire trucks in the distance and the older gentleman owner of the house, whom I haven’t met, is singing Candle in the Wind with radio accompaniment and working in the yard which is filled with antiques – his worn t-shirt says rocket in my pocket, in red.

I’m watching slasher films from the 70s and 80s for a series of drawings I am working on.

Its all very lovely, like spring…

tulip tree
forsythia

Re(treat)

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

In Banff today I took a pilates class, ate lunch while enjoying a jaw-dropping view, sat in the steam room, worked ever so briefly, soaked in the nearby hot springs with new friends, and ate an elk burger with pineapple. That’s what I call an artist’s retreat.

Banff

Banff

The Other JM

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

jill mcdonald

So happy to learn that the other one makes nice happy baby prints in fun colours! I feel instantly relieved of any and all previous guilt. Very nice!

So long Buffalo, and thanks for all the blood

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

RedRum, Jillian Mcdonald
RedRum, Jillian Mcdonald

RedRum, my show at Hallwalls is up and running now through late February. It features a new video, also titled RedRum that features young ghosts and houses that drip with blood.

Dear Buffalo,
Thanks to Hallwalls for everything and curator John Massier for the fabulous production assistance; the students at Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts and Jam Vafai for being my crew and actors; Joan Linder and Paul Vanouse, Julian and Colette Montague, Sandy Ludwig and Mark Kerwood, and Dennis Maher for lending their homes; The Buffalo Soundpainting Ensemble for creating uber-creepy sounds and introducing me to the ocean harp; Gerry Mead and Cori Wolff for lending paintings from their collections; and Debbie and Gary Hill for hosting me. Buffalo, I miss you already!
~love, Jillian

RedRum coming soon…

Friday, January 1st, 2010

RedRum Jillian Mcdonald

These are stills from my video, RedRum, currently in post-production. It will premiere at Hallwalls in Buffalo, opening Jan 15th!

RedRum Jillian Mcdonald
RedRum Jillian Mcdonald
RedRum Jillian Mcdonald
RedRum Jillian Mcdonald
RedRum Jillian Mcdonald
RedRum Jillian Mcdonald
RedRum Jillian Mcdonald
RedRum Jillian Mcdonald
RedRum Jillian Mcdonald
RedRum Jillian Mcdonald

Ghostly in Buffalo

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

buffalo jillian mcdonald

I’ve been filming a new video in Buffalo, New York called Red Rum. It features a group of teenagers and me, as ghostly apparitions, in Victorian homes. And a decent amount of fake blood. Stay tuned.

…production still, above…

Stop Motioning

Monday, November 30th, 2009

In case you thought I had long forgotten about Tempe and the desert, think again! Today I am furiously (actually, rather calmly) editing a stop motion animation shot on location at a private swimming pool, filmed with the help of three fabulous ASU graduate students – Alison Sweet, Cory Weeks, and Julie Ganas, and the uber-talented John Spiak. There are neither zombies nor vampires in this video, and no cacti were harmed.

Production still above.

-Jillian

Buffalo Blood

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

Despite the title, no buffaloes will be harmed!

However there will be blood in Buffalo, New York this week as I head north to shoot a new video in residence at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center. Red Rum, filmed on location in Buffalo, features local young actors, musicians, and homes.

Stay tuned…

-Jillian

Alone Together in the Dark, Installation

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Jillian Mcdonald Alone Together in the Dark

Jillian Mcdonald Alone Together in the Dark

Jillian Mcdonald Alone Together in the Dark

Jillian Mcdonald Alone Together in the Dark

Jillian Mcdonald Alone Together in the Dark

Jillian Mcdonald Alone Together in the Dark

Jillian Mcdonald Alone Together in the Dark

Jillian Mcdonald Alone Together in the Dark

Jillian Mcdonald Alone Together in the Dark

Jillian Mcdonald Alone Together in the Dark

Jillian Mcdonald Alone Together in the Dark

Jillian Mcdonald Alone Together in the Dark

Jillian Mcdonald Alone Together in the Dark

Jillian Mcdonald Alone Together in the Dark

-Jillian