Cecil McDonald Jr. was born on the South side of Chicago where an appreciation of fashion and music were encouraged by a creative mother and later by a burgeoning DJ culture, House music and the dance club scene. It was these influences that led McDonald to study fashion and merchandising at Columbia College Chicago where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree. In his last year of study he discovered the camera and its creative capabilities and capacity to expand his artistic vision. He continued his studies at Columbia College and received a Master of Fine Arts in Photography in 2006.
On first viewing, Cecil McDonald Jr's images of his two daughters, his wife and himself appear to be snapshots – everyday moments caught on film. But nothing could be further from the truth, as McDonald seeks to reinvent mundane events that occur at home. Like Tina Barney and Carrie Mae Weems, McDonald's seeks to examine his daily life by recreating situations that are both autobiographical yet universal. A young child dances to music as her sister prepares food in the kitchen; a father and daughter argue in the car; the ritual of braiding hair in the morning; a father stealing a quite moment in bed to read. All of these perceived truths are reenacted, allowing scenes of observed domesticity to be viewed as a visual object. Through these photographs, we question the reality presented and must decide, for ourselves, the truths these scenes portray.
All images are archival digital photographs available as 20 x 24" and 30 x 40" in editions of 12 and 6, respectively. The 20 x 24" prints start at $1800.00 and the 30 x 40" prints start at $2500.00
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