kelly mcdonald

Kelly McDonald is a photo-based artist living with Parkinson’s disease. Using a contemplative approach, Kelly explores the numerous losses which have occurred in her body as the illness progresses.A series of her photographs received honourable mention at the international 20th Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers.


Booking now : an experiential arts and psychotherapy program offered by Registered Psychotherapist, Lucie Brandt and Kelly McDonald

relics

Relics of the gradual disappearance

what remains

The tension between my increasingly rigid body and the comfort and softness I seek

florere

An unintentional tribute to Irving Penn

three graces

Charm, Creativity and Grace, the beginning of my water series journey

water series

Spent botanicals dance in rejuvenating water

warrior series

I remember your tremor
as day breaks
I carry your tremor
in my heart
until night is upon me

This series started soon after my Parkinson's diagnosis

cyanotype

The natural beauty of botanicals painted by the sun

experiential arts
+ psychotherapy program

I've partnered with Lucie Brandt, a Registered Psychotherapist, to offer a photography, art, writing and psychotherapy program.The sessions will be held on July 10-13 in Ottawa.Please contact Lucie for the full details:
lbrandt.counselling @hushmail.com
Lucie on Psychology Today

bio

EDUCATION
2023 Artist Residency, SPAO: Photographic Arts Centre
2023 Diploma, SPAO: Photographic Arts Centre
AWARDS
2024 - Nominee / 2024 Ottawa Awards
2023 - Honourable Mention / Julia Margaret Cameron Award, Barcelona
EXHIBITIONS
2016 - Hidden Woodland / Solo exhibition, Zolas, Ottawa
2017 - 21 Reasons / Group exhibition, Algonquin College, Ottawa
2018 - Hello World, This Is Me / Group exhibition, Algonquin College, Ottawa
2021 - Open House / Group exhibition, SPAO Gallery, Ottawa
2021 - Print & Garage Sale/ Group exhibition, SPAO Gallery, Ottawa
2022 - Exhibition No. 17 / Group exhibition, SPAO Gallery, Ottawa
2022 - Open House / Group exhibition, SPAO Gallery, Ottawa
2023 - Home / Chez Soi / Group exhibition, Do It For The Grain, Ottawa
2023 - Exhibition No. 18 / Group exhibition, SPAO Gallery, Ottawa
2023 - Chase The Light / Group exhibition, Photographic Center NW, Seattle
2023 - Florere / Solo exhibition, Little Sisterz, Spencerville
2023 - Luck! Chance! / fundraising exhibition, Ottawa Arts Council, Ottawa
2024 - 20th Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers / Group exhibition, Fotonostrum, Barcelona
PUBLICATIONS
2017 - A Caged Mind, May Mutter
2022 - Epiphany, SPAO Annual 2021/22
2023 - Do It for the Grain, Volume 5, Issue No. 3
2023 - Florere, photo book
2023 - Through Our Eyes, photobook
2024 - Visions, photobook
2024 - Relics, photobook
CURATION
2017 21 Reasons - World Down Syndrome Day, Algonquin College, Ottawa
2018 Hello World, This Is Me - World Down Syndrome Day, Algonquin College, Ottawa
WORKSHOPS
Since 2018 - True To Life Project / Photography workshops for individuals with Down syndrome, Ottawa