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 works on paper and sculptures are featured in private collections throughout Ontario, British Columbia, and New York.

Statement

My practice is a satirical merging of fact, fiction, history, and pop culture. Individual, small-scale sculptural pieces have recently expanded into immersive, room-sized, walk-in dioramas.

A combination of both fine art and craft materials and techniques, the highly narrative, elaborate installations begin with tiny textile figures. The small-scale figures (10” to 20” in height) are created using labor-intensive hand and machine sewing. Detailed, miniature accessories (clothing, furniture, newspapers, guns, etc.) are obsessively crafted and sprinkled throughout the work as clues to a complex and layered story. Mixed media environments play with the concept of “real” v. “fake” and feature both authentic materials (i.e. leather, wood) alongside artificial materials that masquerade as genuine (i.e. vinyl, printed paper).

The results are exquisite and uncanny miniature worlds where characters mirror and critique social and political issues.

The various tableaux within the pieces offer sly commentary on contemporary culture and human behavior. The intimate 1:4 to 1:8 human scale coaxes viewers in for a closer look where unsettling narratives lurk under a veneer of dark humor and whimsy.

Works on paper often take the form of mixed media sketches that serve as behind-the-scenes glimpses into the pre-construction planning of sculptural works. Combining images and text with a keen attention to detail, the sketches are exquisite stand-alone works in their own right.

CV

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

Photo by Mikiodo Media

Education

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

Awards

2024FY2024 Grant, New York State Council on the Arts, NY
20224heads PORTAL Residency, Governors Island, NY
2019Individual Artist Grant, Queens Arts Fund, Queens Council for the Arts, NY

Select Exhibitions (solos in bold)

2023She Made Me Do It, Sour Mouse, New York, NY
Everywhere All Over, SPRING/BREAK !WILDCARD!, New York, NY [duo show]
Balls To the Wall: Chapter 3, Arcilesi & Homberg Fina Art in Chelsea, New York, NY
Local Champion, Local Project Art Space, Long Island City, NY
The Itty Bitty Art Show, Alterwork Gallery, Long Island City, NY
Finding My Folk, Old Stone House Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2022All Over Everywhere. Everywhere. All Over., Colonels Row, Governors Island, NY
MAAV (Mail Art Archive Vienna), international collaboration, Vienna, Austria
2021Cat Daddy, AHA Fine Art, Brooklyn, NY
STRAND, Digital Grace (ECOCA), New Haven, CT
The Art of Coney Island, Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, Brooklyn, NY
Outside/Outsider, Local Project Art Space, Queens, NY
UNRAVELED: Contemporary Textile Work, Untitled Space, New York, NY
EMBODY, ELY Center of Contemporary Art, New Haven, CT
2020Soul Cakes, Arcilesi & Homberg Fine Art @ Local Project, Queens, NY
To Scale: A Small Works Group Show, Craddock-Terry Gallery, Lynchburg, VA
Feminine Identity, St. Joseph's College, Patchogue, NY
Ride Through the Heart, Arcilesi & Homberg Fine Art @ SFA Projects, New York, NY
2019Freaks, Geeks, and Strange Girls, Radiator Gallery, Long Island City, NY
LISTEN: Artists Respond to Politics, BronxArtSpace, Bronx, NY
Bound/Less, Arcilesi & Homberg Fine Art at 222 Bowery, New York, NY
2018The Doll Show, Ceres Gallery, New York, NY
Imperfectly Perfect, Arcilesi & Homberg Fine Art at Spring Natural, New York, NY
Manipulated Life, Plaxall Gallery, Long Island City, NY
Freak Show, Local Project Art Space, Long Island City, NY
Minuscule to the Monumental, Raw Space @ The Factory, Long Island City, NY
Below the Surface, 440 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Your Presence is Requested, SFA Projects aka Lodge Gallery, New York, NY
2017Live/Work/Play: NYC, LIC Arts Open Gallery, NY
UPSTANDERS!!!, The Factory, Long Island City, NY
Animalia, Local Project Art Space, Long Island City, NY
2016Fall Salon Show, LIC Arts Open, Long Island City, NY
Othering: BAA Biennial, Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield, MA
2015Holiday 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]
2014Emily Carr Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver, BC [duo show, by invitation]
Roberts Creek Arts Festival, Nico Spacecraft, Roberts Creek, BC [by invitation]
2012Will 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]
2010Will the Real Slim Shady Please Stand Up?, Latitude 53, Edmonton, AB
2009Will the Real Slim Shady Please Stand Up?, Campbell River Art Gallery, BC
2007Favourite Ways With Pheasant, The New Gallery (+15), Calgary, AB
Will the Real Slim Shady Please Stand Up?, Fifth Parallel Gallery, University of Regina, SK
2006Permutations: the raw and the soft, Nanaimo Art Gallery, BC (duo w/Stephen Laidlaw) [monograph]
2004Effigy burning event (Iraq War: "G.I. Don't Wanna Die"), Seattle, WA
2001Wild Things, Ceperley House Gallery, Burnaby, BC
Emily's Art Party (ECIAD's 75th Anniversary Gala), Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, BC
2000Chocolate Fever, Dynamo Gallery, Vancouver, BC
April Fool's Fundraiser, Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond, BC
1999Happening, 201 Central, Vancouver, BC
Candy: 2nd Annual Member's Show, Dynamo Gallery, Vancouver, BC
199880 Years of Experiment: 1912-1992, London Regional Art & Historical Museum, ON [catalogue]
1st Annual Member's Show, Dynamo Gallery,Vancouver, BC
1997Fabrication '97, Third Avenue Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1996ECIAD Graduation Exhibition, Emily Carr Campus, Vancouver, BC [ catalogue]
True Love, Concourse Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1995Media Show, Emily Carr Lecture Theatre, Vancouver, BC
Straight White Male Show, Concourse Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1993Foundation Exhibition, Concourse Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1989Year End Show, Bealart Annex, H.B. Beal Technical & Vocational School, London, ON
1988Roth 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

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