Bio

MacDonald graduated with a BFA in Visual Arts from Emily Carr University in 2011 (Vancouver, BC, Canada). Her fastidiously crafted work has been exhibited in galleries and artist-run centers across Canada and the U.S.

MacDonald’s art practice is an ongoing exploration of identity, hierarchies, and stereotypes characterized by dark humor, multiples, and an obsessive attention to detail. Her drawings and sculptures are featured in private collections throughout Ontario, British Columbia, and New York.

Statement

I am consumed with the construction and performance of identity.

In my art practice I create multiples of generic figures, which I then transform into vibrant and distinct personalities.

Each piece begins with a photographic image of my face. In this way I project myself onto and “perform” each of these alternate identities (think Cindy Sherman, but with dolls). I do not consider the work to be a collection of self-portraits but rather a series of roles in which I have cast myself. These roles intersect historical timelines and boundaries (gender, species, geography) to comment on social and political issues.

The 20” textile figures are created using a combination of labor-intensive hand and machine sewing. Detailed, miniature accessories (wigs, clothing, and furniture) are obsessively crafted by myself and are made from re-purposed materials that have personal meaning.

Works on paper are equally as meticulous. Incorporating text, watercolor and collage they often break beyond the two-dimensional surface, emerging as articulated figures that occasionally come to life in stop-motion animations.

At 1:8 to 1:4 human scale the intimate size and intricate detail of the work coaxes viewers in for a closer look where sinister narratives lurk under a veneer of whimsy.

CV

Born in St. Thomas, ON. Currently living and working in Long Island City, NY.

Education

2011 Emily Carr University, BFA (Visual Arts)
1996 Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design, Vancouver, BC (Diploma in Fine Art, Studio major)
1989 H.B. Beal Technical & Vocational School - Bealart Program, London, ON (Printmaking & Textiles)

Select Exhibitions (solos in bold)

2017 Live/Work/Play: NYC, LIC Arts Open Gallery, NY
UPSTANDERS!!!, The Factory, Long Island City, NY
Animalia, Local Project Art Space, Long Island City, NY
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2016 Fall Salon Show, LIC Arts Open, Long Island City, NY
Othering: BAA Biennial, Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield, MA
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2015 Holiday Salon, Lesley Heller Workspace, New York, NY [by invitation]
Yourself, Local Project Art Space, Long Island City, NY
Small Works 2015, Main Street Arts, Clifton Falls, NY
Shangri-La in L.I.C., The Factory, Long Island City, NY [by invitation]
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2014 Emily Carr Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver, BC [duo show, by invitation]
Roberts Creek Arts Festival, Nico Spacecraft, Roberts Creek, BC [by invitation]
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2012 Will the Real Slim Shady Please Stand Up?, Gallery Connexion, Fredericton, NB
Survival Games, Firehall Arts Centre, Vancouver, BC [by invitation]
Will the Real Slim Shady Please Stand Up?, Acadia University Art Gallery, Wolfville, NS
Will the Real Slim Shady Please Stand Up?, Port Moody Arts Centre, BC [by invitation]
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2010 Will the Real Slim Shady Please Stand Up?, Latitude 53, Edmonton, AB
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2009 Will the Real Slim Shady Please Stand Up?, Campbell River Art Gallery, BC
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2007 Favourite Ways With Pheasant, The New Gallery (+15), Calgary, AB
Will the Real Slim Shady Please Stand Up?, Fifth Parallel Gallery, University of Regina, SK
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2006 Permutations: the raw and the soft, Nanaimo Art Gallery, BC (duo w/Stephen Laidlaw) [monograph]
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2004 Effigy burning event (Iraq War: "G.I. Don't Wanna Die"), Seattle, WA
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2001 Wild Things, Ceperley House Gallery, Burnaby, BC
Emily's Art Party (ECIAD's 75th Anniversary Gala), Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, BC
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2000 Chocolate Fever, Dynamo Gallery, Vancouver, BC
April Fool's Fundraiser, Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond, BC
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1999 Happening, 201 Central, Vancouver, BC
Candy: 2nd Annual Member's Show, Dynamo Gallery, Vancouver, BC
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1998 80 Years of Experiment: 1912-1992, London Regional Art & Historical Museum, ON [catalogue]
1st Annual Member's Show, Dynamo Gallery,Vancouver, BC
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1997 Fabrication '97, Third Avenue Gallery, Vancouver, BC
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1996 ECIAD Graduation Exhibition, Emily Carr Campus, Vancouver, BC [ catalogue]
True Love, Concourse Gallery, Vancouver, BC
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1995 Media Show, Emily Carr Lecture Theatre, Vancouver, BC
Straight White Male Show, Concourse Gallery, Vancouver, BC
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1993 Foundation Exhibition, Concourse Gallery, Vancouver, BC
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1989 Year End Show, Bealart Annex, H.B. Beal Technical & Vocational School, London, ON
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1988 Roth Art Miniatures Exhibition, Roth Art Gallery, London, ON
Year End Show, Bealart Annex, H.B. Beal Technical & Vocational School, London, ON
Bealart Award Winners Show, Bealart Annex, H.B. Beal Technical & Vocational School, London, ON

Bibliography

2017 Angle, Roderick. “LIC: Dreaming Is Necessary”. About Themselves. Vol. 1, iss. 1 (May 2017), [ill]
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2014 Maltese, Tammy. “Roberts Creek Arts Festival”. ZOOM. Vol. 5, iss. 2 (2014 Special Edition), p17 [ill]
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2012 Gravelle, Tamara. "The Shady-Shatner Connection". The Brunswickan (Oct 23, 2012) [ill]
      http://thebruns.ca/arts/the-shady-shatner-connexion/
MacNeill, Jon. "Dolls with minds of their own." HereNB. Vol. 13, iss. 4 (October 18-24), p38 [ills]
Payne, Sarah. “PMAC show a search for self”.  The Tri-City News.com (March 13, 2012)
      http://www.tricitynews.com/entertainment/142534255.html
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2010 Jervis, Carolyn. “Some Help From Inert Friends”. Latitude 53 Writer in Residence. (May 12, 2010)
      http://blog.latitude53.org/post/594218885/some-help-from-inert-friends
Jonsson, Stephanie. “Will The Real Slim Shady Please Stand Up?” (monograph).  Latitude 53
      (May 2010) [ill]
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2009 MacKay, Sheryl (radio interview). “North By Northwest”. CBC Radio 1, Vancouver
      (aired Feb. 1, 8:30am)
“New season of gallery exhibits”. Campbell River Mirror (January 23), pA13 [ill]
“First 2009 Exhibits Open for Art Gallery”. Campbell River Courier-Islander (January 23), p23 [ill]
“Artist livens up discussion”. Campbell River Mirror (February 20), pA16 [ill]
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2006 Corraini, Rob. "Monty Python meets the Muppets at Nanaimo Art Gallery Show". The Nanaimo
      Bulletin (Aug. 8), p 26
Light, Kait (interview). "Arts Now". Shaw Channel 4 Nanaimo (aired July 27-29, 7:30pm/1:30am)
Ball, Gregory. "Permutations: the raw and the soft" (monograph). The Nanaimo Art Gallery (July) [ill]
"Symbolism Unites Two Artists". The Nanaimo Bulletin (July 25), p 29 [ill]
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2000 Murrills, Angela. "Gift Tips to Help the Desperate: Philippe Starck fly swatters and sock puppets will
      make them smile". The Georgia Straight Style: Fashion Plate. Dec. 14-21, p 44
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1998 O'Brian, Paddy. "80 years of experiement 1912-1992". Exhibition Catalogue, p 60 [ill p 77]
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1997 Parry, Malcolm. "Fashion parade had an ephemeral look". The Vancouver Sun Town Talk
      (Feb. 20), B4 [ill]
Parry, Malcolm. "Party Politics". Vancouver Magazine, Schmooze (April), p 66 [ill]
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1996 Muir, Stewart. "Among The Floppy and The Inept, The Arty Stand Out". Vancouver Sun Review
      (May 11), D6

Jody MacDonald in studio with some of her work