Melissa Wyman is an interdisciplinary artist who investigates interpersonal exchanges and alternative means of negotiation. Her work is often participatory and incorporates performance, video, installation, drawing, painting, fighting and social practice based projects. She occasionally makes objects.
Wyman’s work has been exhibited at The Shadow Office, Oakland, CA; Steynberg Gallery, San Luis Obispo, CA; Oliver Arts Center, California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA; Error Plain 206, Chicago, IL; Galería Espora, Santiago, Chile; The Door Gallery, Seoul, South Korea; VIAF International Performance Festival, Seoul, South Korea; and in San Francisco, CA at Root Division, Alter Space, Store Front Lab, The Tricycle, The Lab, Arts Commission Gallery and Southern Exposure. She was a visiting artist at Aguafuerte Printmaking Studio, Santiago, Chile and held studio assistantships with Taraneh Hemami (Multi-media), San Francisco, CA; Yaeko Ogiso (Calligraphy), Nagoya, Japan; and Maurizio Bottarelli (Painting), Bologna, Italy. Her book, Fight Therapy: A Discussion about Agency, Art and the Reverse Triangle Choke is available through select booksellers. She received an MFA from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, where she was a recipient of the Barclay Simpson Award, and a BA from the University of California, Santa Cruz. After spending many years overseas, she now lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.
*Photo by Ryan McLay