Mel Day

Studio E-7

Installation, New Media

Artist Statement

Mel Day is an interdisciplinary artist working across a range of media including video, photography, experimental design, participatory and new media projects. Her works typically have multiple iterations as they evolve across multiple years. She is known for her video installations in which the role of doubt and the unknown complicate and illuminate our ideas of truth. Through recent hybrid media work, as revealed through state-of-the art turbulence simulations and collaborations with computational scientist Frank Ham, Day explores the unstable and ungraspable edge of visual intelligibility, the technologically sublime structure of chaos. In the multi-channel video and audio installation Doxology, she shares footage of her family humming the same hymn at decade-long intervals. Since 2010, Day has been generating layered versions of an experimental group study guide that investigates the instability of belief systems of all kinds. The Study Guide invites the viewer to draw on their own experiences and lays groundwork for dialogue among potentially insular groups.

Day is a Canadian-British artist currently living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Southern Exposure Art Gallery, San Francisco Film Society, The Berlin Office in Germany, Peak Gallery in Toronto, Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley Art Museum, and Santa Clara University. Recent residencies include Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus Residency (Schwandorf, Germany), Headlands Center for the Arts MFA Fellowship, Stanford University’s Experimental Media Arts Lab, Djerassi Resident Artist Program, and a collaborative residency at The Lab, SF. Day was recently recognized for her experimental collaborative design work by OpenIDEO. She has also received awards from Headlands Center for the Arts Alumni New Works Program, Silicon Valley Creates Creative Impact Fund, San Francisco Foundation’s Murphy Fellowship in the Fine Arts, Eisner Prize in the Creative Arts from UC Berkeley, Sam Francis Distinguished Alumni Award and an Explorations Award from the Canada Council. She has lectured at Santa Clara University, UC Berkeley, University of Toronto & Sheridan College and Diablo Valley College. Day holds an MFA from UC Berkeley and a BFA from Queen’s University, Canada, with a year’s study at the Glasgow School of Art, Scotland.

Doxology, 10 years later (+/-), 2015, two-channel video projection;

For the Lovers of Truth Everywhere, 2015, Installation View, Code & Noise Exhibition Silicon Valley / SF Art Fair

Stanford Memorial Church Light & Sound, 2011, video projection with sound, backlit transparency and lightbox, 12 x 24"

Contact Info


Open Studios
May 14 -15. 11am-5pm. Studio E7.
4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. North Entrance.

May 14-28, Organized by Marianne Lettieri. ArtLab (Rm U7)
Reception May 21st and 28th, 5:30 - 7:30pm

Santa Fe New Media Festival
Code & Noise, June 10- 26, 2016
Curated by Christine Duval
Opening Friday, June 10, 6pm, El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe
JD Beltran & Scott Minneman, Jim Campbell, Daniel Canogar, Mel Day & Frank Ham, Laurie Frick, James Lanahan, Ligorano Reese, Clive McCarthy, Simon Pyle, Casey Reas, Laura Splan, Yang Yongliang

Collaborative Artist Residency
Sedona Art Center, Arizona
July 1st - 22nd, 2016
Organized by Melissa Wyman. Participating artists include:
Melissa Wyman, Michael Namkung, Mel Day, Amanda Curreri, Llewelynn Fletcher, Lukaza Brandman-Verrisimo, Grace Rosario Perkins, José Luis Iñiguez, Cara Levine and Weston Teruya

Last Updated: May 9, 2016