Jennifer Macklem works across artistic forms, producing sculpture, video, installations, paintings, drawings and collaborative public art. Her research resists categorization as she develops various ideas without privileging one particular material over another.
With her art she explores connected themes involving biodiversity, nature, language, narrative and materiality while developing site responsive working strategies. With her video projects she explores narration, story telling, layering, hand drawing and stop animation strategies. In 2007 her video animation work was screened in five US venues, including three in Los Angeles. In February 2011 she screened L'histoire de l'albatross in Chicago.
With a national and international exhibition record, her artistic practice is experimental in nature, and conceptually directed towards inclusiveness and participatory actions. Most recently she presented a collaborative sculpture at the Taewha River Eco Art Festival in Ulsan, Korea. In 2010 she presented l'hiver: volet 1 a solo sculpture installation at Circa Gallery in Montreal. She is preparing a solo exhibition for the String Gallery at Wells College, NY for the fall of 2011 and completing a public art project for the Childrens' Hospital of Eastern Ontario. In 2008 she mounted a solo exhibition: our animal nature in a non-profit gallery in the UK.
Originally from Montreal, Jennifer Macklem is currently an Associate Professor of Sculpture at the University of Ottawa and the Director of the Graduate Program in the Visual Arts Department. While living and teaching in Paris, she completed her undergraduate studies at the Parson School of Design in France and then her MFA at UQAM in Montreal. She has also taught in British Columbia and in New Brunswick.