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Work Song

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Hi Ho
Whistle While you Work
Spanish Ladies
Chain Gang


Saturday, February 15th, 2014

Video still from new video Birds just completed. Shot in northeastern Scotland in the Toll Woods bordering Balvenie Castle, barley fields, and a pair of highland cows.

birds, jillian mcdonald, glenfiddich, scotland, horror

Bogeyman inspiration

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Duane Michals, The Bogeyman, 1973

“Beyond Galleries” magazine article

Friday, November 4th, 2011

art experience NYC

Images and interview segments, of my work and others’ in article Beyond Art Galleries by Claire Lieberman, Art Experience NYC magazine (Fall 2011). Read the article online, pp 16 – 33


Monday, November 30th, 2009

The desert, the rocky coast, the snowy tundra… you can take a girl off the prairie but you can’t take the barren landscape / big sky appeal away from the girl.



Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Zombie Apocalypse Jillian Mcdonald

I’m leaving tomorrow for San Francisco to install my solo show, Monstrosities, at Rosenthal Gallery. The opening reception, complete with Zombie Makeup Station, is Saturday June 20th from 4 – 9PM. I’m showing one new video titled Zombie Apocalypse – pictured above, with related video and photo works. After that I’m off to The Headlands just north of the city – which as of last summer is one of my favourite places in the world – to stare at the ocean and get lost briefly in the fog.

Haunted by Malmö

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

sex scene

I am still deeply in awe of the amazing performers who participated in Undead in the Night in Sweden. I remember clearly the sense of waiting for each new audience alone in my ghostly role on the dark wooded path, hearing the forest come alive with opera, violin, dissonant flute, horses’ galloping, actors’ blood-chilling screams, wind in the trees, eerie frog songs, creeping footsteps, fingers like breath on backs and nervous screams from the audience, unearthly sounds. Chilling breezes, a terrifying soundtrack, prickling sensations, sudden shadows, rustling in the bushes, the low orange moon.

Thank you to everyone РI look forward to seeing you all back in Malm̦ when we screen the documentation. Until then, my dear friends and collaborators.


Barack Obama!

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

How exciting to be in New York for this long needed change of guard!
As a non-voter feeling a bit helpless, it is wonderful to witness the United States elect a president who is both deeply intelligent and cares about his country’s future and status worldwide. I did not think this would happen, but am proud to be here to experience it.

Zombies in Condoland Countdown!

Sunday, September 28th, 2008

If you find yourself in Toronto on the night of October 4th, please come participate in Zombies in Condoland, a new performance in which anyone can star!

October 4th to 5th, 7pm to 7am (all night long!)
Nuit Blanche Toronto

Zombies in Condoland, a large scale performance commissioned by curator Gordon Hatt for Nuit Blanche Toronto, continues my interest in the horror film genre, grafting it onto the phenomenon of urban gentrification. Referencing Toronto’s rich history of zombie movies, the annual Toronto Zombie Walk, and the condoization of downtown artist communities, McDonald directs a legion of zombies who will perform in various late night film scenes in Toronto’s College Park. Zombies in Condoland is a series of night actions that mimic a film set for a low budget horror film such as those by director George Romero whose latest film, Diary of a Zombie, was filmed in Toronto.

Zombies achieved cult status in the past few years, with their popularity growing wildly. Enormously popular zombie walks and pub crawls occur annually in cities like Toronto, Montréal, San Francisco, Austin, Vancouver, and Liverpool. Zombies are instantly recognizable and carry a metaphoric reference to the working class. The Zombies in Condoland are responding to gentrification, moving in on an area which is rapidly changing.

The Zombies in Condoland website invites participation and provides information about the project. Zombies are encouraged to come in character – nurse zombie, business person zombie, geek zombie, sports zombie. They are encouraged also to do their makeup en route, in cafes, bars, and mass transit for more zombie fun! Zombies will also be created on site by professional makeup artists, therefore no experience is necessary. Instructional videos and a map are included on website.

Very very special thanks to Nuit Blanche, Chambre Blanche (Québec), Gordon Hatt, and Thea Munster of The Toronto Zombie Walk.

Wack at P.S.1 and Body Beautiful

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

I made it to WACK: Art and the Feminist Revolution – a massive traveling exhibition that is amazingly the “first comprehensive historical survey of feminist activism and art-making” from the late 1960s through the 1970s – on the last day of the show. It was good, if awkward and painful, to see work by the likes of Carolee Schneeman and Yoko Ono which inspired me in my early 20′s. My highlights are three works which seem, in 2008, less dated.

ana mendieta

Ana Mendieta’s People Looking at Blood Moffitt (1973), is a set of documentary slides featuring people’s curious glances at blood stains on a sidewalk. This public intervention is fascinating and more subtly provocative than Mendieta’s earth-body art. Strange, however, is the installation at P.S.1 in which slides are viewable on a light table, rather than projected.

Marta Minujin and Richard Squires’ Soft Gallery from 1973 but recreated for this exhibition is a stunning and functional piece, and was full of lounging gallery goers when I arrived.

beauty knows no pain

Martha Rosler’s series of collages, Body Beautiful, or Beauty Knows no Pain from 1966-1972 are funny and disturbing, a notable accomplishment. Her Bringing the War Home series are equally good (she’s recently updated the series using contemporary wartime imagery). Pictured above, Cargo Cult. Unfortunately this looks less dated because, after all, the beauty industry still has a healthy stranglehold on our wallets and collective consciousness.


Speaking of which, on my favourite new radio program, Q, I listened to an interview with Michael Salzhauer, plastic surgeon and author of My Beautiful Mommy. If you’re wondering why post-surgery mommy looks like a Disney femme-bot, the book designer worked for Disney. In the book, written so young children, particularly girls, may “understand” why mommy needs to beautify herself under the knife (I doubt it explains that culturally loaded question), mommy only gets a new nose, breasts, and tummy. She doesn’t get the butterfly wings pictured on the website. They might befit the spotlight sprinkling of pain-free Tinkerbell dust.