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Meet Jillian McCann

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jillian McCann.

Jillian, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I was a non-conformist as I grew older- I didn’t understand rules and why authorities thought they could tell me how to live my life. Thankfully my parents fostered my creativity and anarchistic tendencies and empowered me to embody my individuality.

I began in ceramics becoming ultimately obsessed with clay and the idea that I could create just about anything with my hands. I was involved in the theater program and improv- and loved the thought of always being the center of attention. When you are 13 the world really does revolve around you, or so you think.

It was my first sculpture class when all of my creative exploring seemed to click together seamlessly. The endless library of materials, the multiple ways of expression, the constant ways to problem-solving- all of this intrigued me and has led me to the practice I have today.

I call myself a theatrical sculptress, a renaissance woman to be exact, a Jill of all trades.

My practice is a combination of theater and performance art with a strong emphasis on costume and set design. In my work, I create fantastical worlds in which I/you exist in.

I describe my worlds as tableaux or vignettes, little snippets of a fantasy life where my alter ego longs to exist.

I am now living in Vietnam creating a theatrical performance for a festival called Wonder fruit. This sustainable gathering happens every December in Thailand and I am collaborating with a team of artists and environmentalist in which we are debuting a site-specific ritual performance.

Living in Vietnam sounds super interesting.  Good luck with the performance you are preparing.  We’d love to hear more about your work. What else should we know?
Manic Expressive focuses on three major objectives & mediums.

I am an art director collaborating on different projects in theater, photography or dance.

I am a costume designer and textile artist.

I am a sculptor and set designer and prop specialist.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
I am most proud of the diversity in the company and its practices. Being a renaissance woman I have developed the idea of “I can do anything” and this reflects in my business ideologies.

Wearing all the hats of performance and visual art sets Velvet Da Vinci apart from other companies. Creatives come to me with an idea and I help design their vision from start to finish.

I am a risk-taker in my work and this is the ethos for my business. Having a background in sculpture has helped my quick thinking problem-solving skills and ability to adapt fluidly.

I always use the “yes, and” and I believe that anything is possible in visual and performance art.

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đinh quang hải

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