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Staring at Vampires

Monday, November 7th, 2011

Hunger Jillian Mcdonald

I’ve been working on a new video, Hunger – a series of three staring contests with TV and film vampires. I inserted myself digitally into scenes from Twilight (New Moon), True Blood, and Being Human. As the (replaced) ingénue hopeful of shared immortality, I am locked in endless staring contests with Edward, Bill, and Mitchell – the leading male vampires from these series who share brooding good looks, apparent youth, advanced vampire years, immortality’s curse, abstinence from blood and in some cases sex, and an ability to pass as mortal. These are the new breed vampires of our dreams – insatiable, beautiful, charming, yet dangerous. Separate hungers unite them with their mortal prey. Time is suspended in the staring contests which no one wins and no one loses. In installation three larger than life projections play simultaneously, forcing the viewer to either shift their gaze between screens constantly in order to catch a blink; or to simply indulge in an infinite loop.

Hunger is a commission of Revised Projects and the New Forms Media Society for the Electric Speed project series, curated by Kate Armstrong and Malcolm Levy. We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts which last year invested $11.8 million in media arts throughout Canada.

Hunger Jillian Mcdonald

Hunger Jillian Mcdonald

Hunger Jillian Mcdonald

Hunger Jillian Mcdonald

Hunger Jillian Mcdonald

“Better off Dead” – scholarly treatise on the walking dead

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Better Off Dead

Better Off Dead is a new scholarly book edited by Sarah Juliet Lauro and Deborah Christie (Fordham Press). It features a chapter titled Zombies Invade Performance Art…and Your Neighbourhood, featuring Thea Munster’s Toronto Zombie Walks and my own artworks. Cover art and other images from my recent work. Well written and researched, the book is not another campy zombie book; this one considers the post-human archetype from some surprising angles.

New Catalogue, “Horrified”

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

cover, horrified catalogue

Here is a catalogue of my recent horror-related artworks which can be downloaded or viewed online as a pdf.

Text by Virginia Spivey. 16 pages, 3.6 MB

Dead of the Night

Monday, November 8th, 2010

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Zombies! Drew University – Reception Nov 12

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

On Tuesday my solo show, Zombies!, curated by Lee Arnold opens in New Jersey and includes 3 videos, 2 drawings, and 2 lenticular photographs featuring, you guessed it, zombies!

A reception will be held Friday, Nov 12 at Drew University’s Korn Gallery, following a zombie makeup workshop and campus zombie sneak attack!

Read the exhibition essay by Kimberly Rhodes (pdf, 1.7 MB).

Actors and Make-up Artists Needed for Performance Nov 13

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Zombies, Victims, Make-up artists needed. No experience necessary (will train).

“Dead of the Night is a re-imagining of George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead (1968) in the gallery space, where audience members are inserted into the narrative as the horror unfolds. Surrounded by menacing zombies and set within the context of a rural farmhouse, visitors attempt to evade the ghouls unyielding thirst for human flesh.”

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More Prairie Horrors

Friday, October 8th, 2010

Photos below by Scott Wachal, U of M Fine Arts students and zombie extraordinaire (he’s the one who fully plunged into Lake Winnipeg…in…October).

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prairie horror

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Fred, dancing before the farmer attack scene.

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prairie horror
This is not a wedding shoot.

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prairie horror

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Home Home on the Range…

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Last week I was in Winnipeg, my hometown, thanks to Cliff Eyland and Sigrid Dahle of Gallery One One One and The University of Manitoba. In half a week, I shot a new video titled A Prairie Horror, featuring the talents of various Winnipeg folks. These production photos are by Derek Brueckner, my fabulous Sunday assistant:

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prairie horror

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13 Drawings

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

happy birthday to me

I finished my Body Count Drawings, featuring slasher films, and the images are up! This detail is from Happy Birthday to Me (1981) – I saw the film in the mid-80s and this image freaked me out.

Channeling all things “Zombie”

Monday, May 10th, 2010


May, according to the Zombie Research Society, is zombie awareness month. It’s already the 10th, so if you’re behind I recommend sleeping with one eye open – starting now. Wear your grey ribbon (perhaps you have one you can recycle from other awarenesses such as Diabetes, Brain Cancer, and others).

Secondly, there is a band from Paris called Zombie Zombie – it’s trance music – get it?

And visit the blog for an upcoming DIY (as yet untitled) apocalyptic zombie film combining narrative fiction and contextual zombie-expert interviews… by Michael Frank of Rochester, NY. I met Michael in January in frozen Buffalo, NY and look forward to his feature.

And last but not least, this Studio 360 clip on zombies was sent to me from Sam Zimmerman in NYC: