Jillian McDonald is a Canadian artist living in New York since 1996. She watches a lot of movies, which have heavily influenced her work in video, performance, and drawing since 2003. Horror themes and cautionary tales are central to recent projects, which feature simple narratives, archetypes like zombies or masked figures, magnificent landscapes, and local actors.


McDonald earned an MFA from Hunter College in New York and is an Associate Professor at Pace University. She shows her work internationally including recent solo exhibitions at Esker Foundation and Kenderdine Gallery in Canada, and Air Circulation and Moti Hasson Gallery in New York. She has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, Turbulence.org, NYFA, NYSCA, and the Verizon Foundation. She participates in numerous international residencies including Lilith Performance Studio in Sweden, Glenfiddich International Art Prize (representing Canada) in Scotland, Headlands Center for the Arts in California, the Banff Center for the Arts in Canada and the LMCC Workspace in New York.




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