Jennifer Macklem creates sculpture, video, performances, installations, paintings, drawings and public art. With a national and international exhibition record, her artistic practice is experimental in nature. She has presented her work at artist-run centers, university galleries and museums. She completed her undergraduate studies at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts in Paris and at the Parsons School of Design. She earned an MFA at the Université du Quebec à Montreal.
Originally from Montreal, Jennifer Macklem is an Associate Professor of Sculpture and Director of the undergraduate program at the University of Ottawa, following a tenured position at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick. During the mid 1990’s she served as coordinator/Director/Curator of the Alternator Gallery for Contemporary Art, based in Kelowna, British Columbia.
In her work you find birds in the afterlife, ears of butterflies, iridescent wings, pools of black ink, pig heads in bronze, frozen landscapes, portraits, mink fur, imaginary planets and narcissistic goats.
Exhibitions include: Imago Mundi, Onsite Gallery, Toronto and Palazzo Loredan, Venice ( Benetton Collection); Galerie Eric Devlin, Montreal (solo); The Jaipur Kala Chaupal at Jaipur Kala Kendra, India; The Art Gallery of Outremont (solo), Montreal; Salle Alfred Pellan, Laval, Quebec (solo) ; St Margaret’s House Chapel Cinema Space, London, UK; University of Waterloo Art Gallery, Ontario; Galerie d’art de l’UQAM; The Beaverbrook Provincial Art Gallery, New Brunswick; The Kelowna Art Gallery (solo); White Box Gallery, New York City; Point B,Brooklyn; Roosevelt University, Chicago; The String Room Gallery at Wells College, NY; Centre d’Art Actuel Circa, Montreal (solo); Galway Centre for the Arts, Ireland; Centre for Art Tapes, Halifax; Access Gallery, Vancouver (solo); The Musée Nationale du Quebec, Quebec City; Gallery Ernst Higler, Vienna (solo)
Reviews of her work have been published in the Journal of Canadian Art History, Vie des Arts, Espace, Guerilla Art, Front cover: Etcetera and Le Devoir, Montreal.