Jessica MacCormack's interdisiplinary practice engages with the intersection of institutional violence and the socio-political reality of personal trauma. Her recent works integrate animation, video, painting and collage in social interventions and community productions that explore issues of criminalization, HIV/AIDS, racism, transphobia, sexual assault and mental health. Working with communities and individuals affected by stigma and oppression, MacCormack uses cultural platforms and distribution networks to facilitate collaborations which position art as a tool to engender personal and political agency. She has an MFA in Public Art and New Artistic Strategies from the Bauhaus University (2008). Currently she is an Assistant Professor at Concordia University and lives in Montréal, Québec.
(I am currently using this tumblr as a sketchbook. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see older projects, or go here http://jessmaccormack.tumblr.com.)
This video “Worse things” looks at how images of alienation and isolation are represented with utter sincerity, desperation, courage and hope on the Internet. Musicals are mixed with confessional-style videos and karaoke to reveal the narrative underpinnings of sexual abuse survival, while educational films from the 1950’s punctuate the piece with expressions of morality, shame and desire for escape.