Current Residents

Symeon van Donkelaar, Conestoga, Ontario (April 17–May 12)
Symeon van Donkelaar is an artist with a passion for local colours. His art takes many forms, but all of it is based on his passion for the brightly coloured earths he collects while on local colour pilgrimages across Canada. From coast to coast, he has visited many landscapes, and each has affirmed that when colours are experienced as place, the resulting palette is full of life and stories.

"My project begins with taking a number of local colour pilgrimages around Dawson, looking for colour in the earth. On these pilgrimages I hope to find dirt, rocks, plants, bones—anything I find as I walk that brightly stains my hands and that I think might make a good pigment! Bringing them back to the Macaulay Residence, I’ll then get to work making colours and sharing the stories of Dawson’s local colours."

Jillian McDonald, New York, NY (April 26–May12)

Jillian McDonald is a Canadian artist who has lived in New York for 20 years.

Solo shows include the Esker Foundation in Calgary, Air Circulation in New York, and Centre Clark in Montréal. Her work has been included in group exhibitions and festivals at The Chelsea Museum in New York, The Edith Russ Haus for Media Art in Germany, and The Sundance Film Festival in Utah. Critical discussion of her work appears in several books including The Transatlantic Zombie (2015), by Sarah Juliet Lauro and Deconstructing Brad Pitt (2014), edited by Christopher Schaberg. She was featured in a 2013 radio documentary on CBC's IDEAS called Valley of the Deer, and reviewed in The New York Times and Canadian Art. 

McDonald has received grants from The New York Foundation for the Arts, The Canada Council for the Arts, and Pace University. She has attended residencies including Glenfiddich in Scotland, The Headlands Center for the Arts in California, and Lilith Performance Studio in Sweden. She will participate in upcoming residencies on New York’s Governor’s Island and in the Arctic Circle at Svalbard.

In Dawson City, Jillian plans to shoot a short video made in response to the land, local folklore, and stories, both real and imagined. Buildings, animals and masked actors like statues turned to gold will populate the scene. Simple special effects will suggest ghostly presences. A parallel story of King Midas, whose wish for the power to turn whatever he touched into gold left him bereft of water, food, and even his daughter. 

Jillian will also make drawings of catalogued possessions turned gold and requests invitations to residents’s homes

Jillian is seeking local residents to be cast in a video. Please get in touch with Dan( if interested. 

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