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 stereotype 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

When I was five or six I possessed a long-sleeved, one-piece zip, herringbone-patterned, butt-flap bottomed Dr. Denton pyjama in two-tone green.

Wearing my pj’s, I would go down to my family’s partly finished basement where I would quietly and patiently maneuver in the way I’d watched praying mantises move: slowly rotating my head, arms crooked and legs bent, swaying gently from side to side. Suddenly I would spot my unsuspecting prey, seize it violently with my spiked forearms, and attack it with my mandibles.

Yes, that was me, chewing on a pillow grasped between my hands and forearms, performing very precisely choreographed movements based on what I had obsessively observed.

Decades later I continue to compulsively try on what I observe in the world and replicate it in meticulous detail, role-playing through a growing cast of 2-D and 3-D surrogates that subversively dissect identity constructs. Read the full story here.

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 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
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]
2014 Emily Carr Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver, BC [duo show, by invitation]
Roberts Creek Arts Festival, Nico Spacecraft, Roberts Creek, BC [by invitation]
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]
2010 Will the Real Slim Shady Please Stand Up?, Latitude 53, Edmonton, AB
2009 Will the Real Slim Shady Please Stand Up?, Campbell River Art Gallery, BC
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
2006 Permutations: the raw and the soft, Nanaimo Art Gallery, BC (duo w/Stephen Laidlaw) [monograph]
2004 Effigy burning event (Iraq War: “G.I. Don’t Wanna Die”), Seattle, WA
2001 Wild Things, Ceperley House Gallery, Burnaby, BC
Emily’s Art Party (ECIAD’s 75th Anniversary Gala), Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, BC
2000 Chocolate Fever, Dynamo Gallery, Vancouver, BC
April Fool’s Fundraiser, Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond, BC
1999 Happening, 201 Central, Vancouver, BC
Candy: 2nd Annual Member’s Show, Dynamo Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1998 80 Years of Experiment: 1912-1992, London Regional Art & Historical Museum, ON [catalogue]
1st Annual Member’s Show, Dynamo Gallery,Vancouver, BC
1997 Fabrication ’97, Third Avenue Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1996 ECIAD Graduation Exhibition, Emily Carr Campus, Vancouver, BC [ catalogue]
True Love, Concourse Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1995 Media Show, Emily Carr Lecture Theatre, Vancouver, BC
Straight White Male Show, Concourse Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1993 Foundation Exhibition, Concourse Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1989 Year End Show, Bealart Annex, H.B. Beal Technical & Vocational School, London, ON
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

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
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]
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]
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]
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
1998 O’Brian, Paddy. “80 years of experiement 1912-1992”. Exhibition Catalogue, p 60 [ill p 77]
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]
1996 Muir, Stewart. “Among The Floppy and The Inept, The Arty Stand Out”. Vancouver Sun Review
      (May 11), D6