Melissa Day (US/CA)

Peace I give to you, 2005, video still, TRT: 2.5 min, (with Ehren Tool as singer/roller)


Hummed, whistled, or sung, Day's recent work has become increasingly preoccupied with the idea that two different states can exist simultaneously. Something is there and not there, is known and not known. Faith and doubt exist at the same time. This radical ambivalence brings with it deepening mystery and unlikely hope.

Born in 1970, in London, Canada, Melissa Day now works in San Francisco, California. She received her Masters of Fine Arts from the University of California, Berkeley in 2005, and her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Queen's University, Canada and Glasgow School of Art, Scotland in 1992. Her work has been exhibited in Canada and the U.S. including recent exhibitions at the Berkeley Art Museum, the Pacific Film Archive (Berkeley), San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, New Langton Arts (San Francisco), Roam Contemporary (New York), the Cologne Online Film Festival and Photo Miami 06. Recent awards include the 2005-6 UC Berkeley MFA Studio Award at the Headlands Center for the Arts, California, the San Francisco Foundation's Murphy Fellowship in the Fine Arts and the Eisner Prize in the Creative Arts from the University of California, Berkeley. Day is represented by Peak Gallery, Toronto.