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
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
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.