Victoria Day is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice combines her love for minute, technical processes with introspection and personal narratives. Victoria is interested in identity and social perception. Each of her works is a visual expression of her experiences with anxiety, depression, life as a woman, and as a mixed race member of the Korean diaspora in Canada - all with the goal of sparking dialog around gender, race, and mental health. Victoria’s recent work allows her to process her status as a visible minority through the study of the rich history of Korean decoration. As she approaches learning about her Korean heritage with a great sense of gratitude, Victoria hopes to spread an appreciation of Korean arts through intricate and joyful drawings, prints, and murals.
Victoria has been a mural assistant since 2017, and has been completing her own murals since 2019. Her experience spans painting indoors and outdoors, working at heights, using scissor lifts, and managing large projects from start to finish. She is experienced with both latex and aerosol paints, and surfaces from brick and concrete to roads, metal, and even furniture. Some assisting highlights include a wall and floor installation at Facebook (2017), a road mural on King St. (2018), and 2 underpasses totalling 5 walls at Gerrard and Carlaw (2018-2020).
Her own work is more modestly scaled, but includes murals for KJ BIT Collective’s Laneway Light Up Jam in 2019, her first aerosol piece Medusa at Wallnoize 2020, Creation at the Miotas/Myth takeover of the Corleck Building and multiple projects with StreetARToronto in 2020-2021 through their Outside the Box and Cycle Track Murals projects. She recently completed multiple Bell Boxes and a large road mural for the Dance Together Festival in Mimico.
Victoria graduated from the University of Guelph’s Studio Art program in 2014. She has exhibited at Gallery 1313, George Gilmour Gallery, FCP Gallery, #Hashtag Gallery, Northern Contemporary, NO Foundation, and the Art Gallery of Guelph among others. Recently, Victoria completed an OAC Chalmers Professional Development Projects Grant and was awarded Open Studio’s Jeannie Thib Mentorship Residency.