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85. Jillian McDonald and Zombies in Condoland

85. Jillian McDonald and Zombies in Condoland

Jillian McDonald is an artist who originally became known for creating a series of performance art pieces around her obsession with Billy Bob Thorton. She has since moved onto what she is calling her “Zombie Loop,” which is a series of art projects that was described by the New York Times in 2006 like this,

‘Zombie Loop,’ the first piece in her ‘Horror Cycle,’ is a two-video projection installation that Mr. Roberts filmed this summer on a deserted Wisconsin country road. In it Ms. Mcdonald plays two roles: a white-garbed ingénue who flees, squealing, and the reanimated rotting corpse who staggers forward relentlessly in pursuit. At the end of each loop the figures switch places.

In ‘Zombie Portraits’ she and nine friends morph into zombies in stages, in a lumpish fashion that suggests B-movie stop-motion animation. (Excerpts from the zombie projects can be seen at jillianmcdonald.net.) As with the digital editing, she researched her special-effects makeup techniques on the Internet. ‘I’m a big fan of learning things on the Web,’ she said.

Jillian also put on an all night Zombie experience called “Zombies in Condoland.” She describes it as “not a zombiewalk,” but invited everyone out to Toronto’s Nuit Blanche to participate. You can take a look at clips from the event above and see more of Jillian’s work on her website.

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