Archive for the ‘Zombies’ Category

Body Count Drawings, Zombie Series

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Drawings, 2010
Ink, watercolour, gold and silver pencil on paper

All the Undead in Night of the Living Dead

All the Undead in Night of the Living Dead (detail)

All the Dead in Night of the Living Dead

All the Dead in Night of the Living Dead (detail)

All the Undead in Day of the Dead

All the Undead in Day of the Dead (detail)

All the Dead in Day of the Dead

All the Dead in Day of the Dead (detail)

Valley of the Deer

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

Since July 15th I’ve been in Dufftown and other parts of Scotland shooting a new video called Valley of the Deer.

Below are some stills…

Jillian Mcdonald Valley of the Deer

Jillian Mcdonald Valley of the Deer

Jillian Mcdonald Valley of the Deer

Jillian Mcdonald Valley of the Deer

Jillian Mcdonald Valley of the Deer

Jillian Mcdonald Valley of the Deer

Jillian Mcdonald Valley of the Deer

Jillian Mcdonald Valley of the Deer

Jillian Mcdonald Valley of the Deer

Jillian Mcdonald Valley of the Deer

Jillian Mcdonald Valley of the Deer

Jillian Mcdonald Valley of the Deer

Jillian Mcdonald Valley of the Deer

Jillian Mcdonald Valley of the Deer

Horror Stories – Sneak Peek

Saturday, December 10th, 2011

I’ve been working on a new web project called Horror Stories with Julie Gill, a programmer who is also a ballet dancer. Here’s a sneak peek at the visuals. I am hoping to launch it soon.

Horror Stories, Jillian Mcdonald
Horror Stories, Jillian Mcdonald
Horror Stories, Jillian Mcdonald
Horror Stories, Jillian Mcdonald
Horror Stories, Jillian Mcdonald
Horror Stories, Jillian Mcdonald
Horror Stories, Jillian Mcdonald
Horror Stories, 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.

TV Time

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

Two recent TV series which, despite my low expectations, I have been watching, for “research purposes” are The Walking Dead and Being Human (UK version only).

The Walking Dead, on AMC, is based on a weekly comic series begun in 2003. It’s a zombie apocalypse tale set in the American South (Georgia), and better than a lot of zombie movies. The worst part is the first season had only 6 episodes and it’s been off now for many months. It shares a problem with a lot of high production TV: namely, suspense fades fast. I already forgot the characters’ names. I may have missed the undead for a while, but I got over it.

Being Human, decidedly more light-hearted, has a ridiculous premise: a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost shack up and try to pass as human in a working class Bristol neighbourhood. As embarrassing as this may sound, it is both funny and dramatic. Refreshingly, Mitchell the vampire, despite being abstinent and devastatingly handsome like his fellow male vampire stars Bill (True Blood) and Edward (Twilight) which I’ve mentioned before here and here, has no human ingénue to protect with his powers, and torture with his immortality. The worst thing about this series is the terrible and completely charmless American remake, hot on its heels and eager to capitalize on its success.

Vampire Diaries set in small town Virginia and currently in it’s second season on CW, is equally charmless. No amount of beautiful pouts can drag the teenaged characters from their dull lines and generic prettiness, and I lost interest long before the first diary entry (yes, the vampire does keep a diary, as does his human ingénue love interest).

Dead of the Night

Monday, November 8th, 2010

dead of the night evite, jillian mcdonald

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.”

zombies needed

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).

prairie horror

prairie horror

prairie horror
Fred, dancing before the farmer attack scene.

prairie horror

prairie horror
This is not a wedding shoot.

prairie horror

prairie horror

prairie horror

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:

prairie horror

prairie horror

prairie horror

prairie horror