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MOCA Check In: Jillian Mayer

Jillian Mayer in Studio

Name and title/occupation
Jillian Mayer, Artist & Filmmaker

On April 14th #MOCACheckIn asked artist and filmmaker Jillian Mayer how life has been during quarantine. Please note these photographs are pre-COVID images.Please note these photographs are pre-COVID images.


What are you reading/watching/listening to?
Watching The Three Colours trilogy, which are three films directed by Krzysztof KieĊ›lowski. Lot’s of Criterion Collection!

How has your work changed now that you are doing it from home?
My backyard has always been a place for work when it comes to my larger sculptures. I was sick with Covid which had me in a massive brain fog and was having trouble tracking the days. I started making a cup out of stoneware ceramics each day to have a visual representation of time. Thankfully, I have since been tested negative for the virus.

Have you taken up any new activities?
I am a cup maker now. Also, I have been working on elements for a bunker artist residency (which is supported by the Ellie’s grant).

What are you looking forward to doing once we are no longer sequestered?
I am going to donate my plasma since I will soon be Covid-free. Also, as a Floridan, it feels strange to not have ocean access. The waves are calling to me. Plasma and waves for all.

Do you have a MOCA memory that you want to share?
I have many. From important artist lectures that flipped how I understood materials to Optic Nerve video exhibitions (which were some of my first times ever showing in a museum context).


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