Heather Day - Murals and Paintings
Heather Day
Heather Day

Heather Day

San Francisco, CA

"Abstract painter based in California"
California-based artist Heather Day makes abstract paintings comprised of scraped, smeared, and flooded pools of pigment. The compulsive energy of her work oscillates between rehearsed abandon and careful restraint. Her encompassing murals, large canvases, and intimate drawings study the mechanisms of sensory perception — mining what happens when the body interprets a sound as a texture, or a scent as a color.

Heather Day lives and works in California. She received a BFA from The Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). The artist’s work has been shown in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco, and Seoul, including exhibits at The Urban Institute of Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, MI, and The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MOCA). She has an upcoming residency at the Vermont Studio Center, followed by a solo exhibition at Fort Wayne Museum of Art in 2020.

Day has collaborated with both Facebook and Google, creating virtual and augmented reality works that bridge the gap between art and technology. Her work is held in the private collections of Fidelity Investments, Chicago Philharmonic, The Ritz-Carlton, Seoul Hospital, JCrew, AirBnB, Dropbox, Warner Brothers, Facebook, Youtube, and Google.
Q&A

What do you want people to do or feel when they encounter your creations?

"Art allows the viewer to see through the lens of another human. It’s personal and permits connection to others through concepts, rather than words. So, I hope viewers take a moment to really observe the work. I hope they get really close and look at the threads of the canvas and markings or pops of color on the edges and I hope they get far away to see a bigger picture. That alone is enough. I don’t ask that people love the work, but I do ask that they give it time to figure out. Questions are key."
-- Heather Day
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What’s unique about your work?

"The more I explore, the stronger I find the parallels between the world and the act of painting. Both are endless sources of energy, movement and intermingling textures that also provide an intimate and complex understanding of life. I love stepping back and seeing subtle relationships within landscapes—both during my travels and on a canvas. My paintings are ultimately continuous abstract narrations of what I experience—or merely evidence that a moment happened."
-- Heather Day
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How do your pieces come to life? Tell us one interesting thing about your creative process?

"A lot of my work is poured with a bucket and manipulated with a rag or squeegee. The brushes, markers and pencils I use help bring intention to the large washes of color. A huge part of my process involves physical strength. I’ll pick up the canvas and let gravity push the water around. I’m constantly walking, stretching and pouring medium in the studio. Paint and water get everywhere and clean up requires a mop and rag. Each work is an experiment in manipulation. I take what I learn from one and move to the next piece. Nothing is ever planned or premeditated."
-- Heather Day
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