Cocoa Beach
Jillian Kay Ross


Cocoa Beach, Iphone video loop, 2014
 

Cocoa Beach, Iphone video loop (detail), 2014
 

Cocoa Beach, Iphone video loop (detail), 2014
 

Cocoa Beach, Iphone video loop (detail), 2014
 
LIST QUEEN I knew Jillian before we were friends. Jillian and I have been friends in the years 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014. We lived together for 2 years and at 2 separate addresses. The second apartment was 2 blocks away from the first. We spent 1 year living in each apartment. We brought 2 couches to the first apartment; a premonition. The first year she made me dinners and offered up her spare room when I was too fucked to be alone. The first year only consisted of 2-3 months. In the second year, we escaped and found refuge atop a hill. At points we found ourselves under the hill, so she suggested flat Nevada and wrote of it. I starred, printed and pinned up that memory. I say memory, as her account of it was not some moment of slippage during part-time hours, but a bulletproof plan for what had happened in one of our dream lives. There are many. One took place on a volleyball court. We would be nude! This was the year that she mentioned her top priority. Later she drew me a portrait, not of myself or herself. Nearing the lip of the third year, she made a call and we got all our money back. On the morning and afternoon of the third year we were horizontal, side by side. She took a photo of my eye makeup. We think we are in the fourth year now. If that's not accurate I will have to start over with the timeline. We share a studio together. We have a couch in our studio that disassembles into 6 pieces. She reclines; I bite my nails. Together we obsess and map out new landscapes for idyllic near-futures. At the peak of the next cold season she will be gone. She is only happy in the sun. I told her she could store her shit in my section of the studio. To write about her is to write about myself, but that is specific to my relationship to her, not to writing. She got rid of her computer and I can't imagine it. What's on her desk? I don't really visit anymore but we meet for soup at a place that has a lot of meaning now.

- Georgia Dickie

Jillian Kay Ross received her BFA in Painting and Drawing from OCADU in 2011. Recent exhibitions include Blonder Online, Division Gallery, Toronto (2014), and Shape Shifters, Division Gallery (2013). Ross has previously exhibited at Angel Gallery, Diaz Contemporary, MOCCA and Tomorrow Gallery, all Toronto,, as well as Spark Contemporary Art Space, Syracuse, and Camel Art Space, New York. Ross lives and works in Toronto.