My practice centres on drawing and extends into related fields such as painting, moving image and installation. My PhD, completed in 2010, was practice based. I researched my own practice of observational drawing. Other types of drawing and diagramming were used as methods. Currently, my work is motivated by questions about, for example: bodies and embodiment; human/animal distinctions; the history of animal experimentation; bodily experience in the First World War; how artists can use archives. My work has drawn on historical sources. For the project and residency Alpha #4: Scheme for a Drawing Experiment (2012), I collected psychology books from the first half of the twentieth century in order to retrace the story of a chimpanzee bred for experimental purposes. In 2014/15, I was again working with archive material as Leverhulme Artist in Residence with the Liddle Collection, a collection of First World War letters, photographs and personal papers, at the University of Leeds. Profile photograph credit: MEANTIME, Cheltenham.
CV & Education
2015 Inhalation, Stanley & Audrey Burton Galley, University of Leeds, UK
2012 Alpha #4: Scheme for a Drawing Experiment, MEANTIME, Cheltenham, UK
2010 Inverted Garden – in The Drawing Shed, PSL, UK
2008 De-skill Re-skill – exhibition/residency at Drawing Spaces, Lisbon, Portugal
2007 Drawn Over – Alsager Arts Centre Gallery, Alsager, UK (exhibition)
2017 (forthcoming March 22-25) Seeing with Animals Exhibition: Co-existence, Eastern Kentucky University,
2015 Thought Positions in Sculture, Huddersfield Art Gallery, UK
2014 Drawology II, Lanchester Gallery, Coventry, UK
2014 trace.[instructions for mapping space], Huddersfield Art Gallery, Huddersfield, UK
2013 Drawology, Bonington Gallery, Nottingham, UK
2010 Borders/Crossings/Journeys, PSL, Leeds, UK
2010 Lost in Transition – group installation project, University of Huddersfield, UK
2007 Odoo/Current – Genghis Art Gallery, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
2007 Delineate – The Crossley Gallery, Dean Clough, Halifax, UK
£14,000 Leverhulme Artist in Residence, 2014-15, with Legacies of War centenary research project and Special Collections at University of Leeds.
2015 'Displaying the Head of Victory' [artist's narrative]. In Thought Positions in Sculpture, University of Huddersfield. https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/researchcentres/st/thoughtpositionsinsculpture/julietmacdonald/
2012 ‘Bus station’ in INDA 6: International Drawing Annual. Manifest Creative Research and Drawing Center, Cincinnati. www.manifestgallery.org/nda/inda6/
2007 ‘Things that Move’. In: /seconds, Issue 6.
2004 ‘Out of Hand’. In: TRACEY online journal of Contemporary Drawing Research, Narrative issue.