Born 1977, Nova Scotia, Canada. Lives and works Sydney, Australia and London, United Kingdom.
Jess MacNeil’s practice spans painting, drawing, video and installation, often translating and cross-fertilising from one medium to another. Through simple elements of lines, traces and shadows, point of view, repetition and playback speed, her works explore our perceptions and experiences of the everyday environment. The space of the artwork itself is also a focus. She often questions or exploits the ways the artist, viewer, and subject are situated in relation to the work, either directly through trace, residue or reflection, or indirectly by depiction, inference, absence or erasure.
MacNeil has shown her work in On Reflection, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore (2011); First. One. Thing. Then. Another. , Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney (2011); and The Shape of Between, Gallery Barry Keldoulis and Elastic Residence, London (2006). She has participated in numerous group exhibitions nationally and internationally, including Of and For, The Bank, CASS Arts, London (2014); NEW 2013, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2013); All Our Relations, 2012 Biennale of Sydney (2012); Drawn from Life, Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Cumbria, UK (2011); Selectively Revealed, Aram Art Gallery, Seoul, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei and Chulalongkorn University Art Space, Bangkok (2011); Athens Video Art Festival, Athens (2010); Move: The Exhibition, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane (2010); Rising Tide, MCA, Sydney and Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego (2009); Yebisu International Festival for Art and Alternate Visions, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo (2009); and Primavera, MCA, Sydney and Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide (2008).
MacNeil’s work is held in public collections including the Australia Council for the Arts, Sydney; Hamilton Art Gallery, Victoria; Artbank, Sydney; Sydney Opera House; as well as numerous Australian and international private collections.