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Melissa Wyman

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A Bison and a Bear Defaced by the Chicago Public, 2012 Mixed-media (interactive Painting/drawing) 2 Ft X 3 Ft © Melissa Wyman
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Ending Never - from a night of defacing my paintings with the Chicago Public, 2012 Mixed-media (interactive Painting) 27 X 35 Cm © Melissa Wyman
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flyer for Fight Therapy Drawings © Melissa Wyman
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A Bison and a Bear, 2010 Watercolor 57 X 77 Cm © Melissa Wyman
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A monster and a Donkey, 2010 Watercolor 57 X 77 Cm © Melissa Wyman
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Jessica and a Friend, 2010 Watercolor 57 X 77 Cm © Melissa Wyman
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Spring Play at the VIAFestival in Seoul, South Korea, April 9, 2009 Performance in
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Fight Therapy, 2008 Interactive Performance/ Social Practice
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Spring Play at the VIAFestival in Seoul, South Korea, April 9, 2009 Performance
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Fight Therapy close up - still, 2008 Performance
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Fight Therapy - still, 2008 Performance
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Fight Therapy - Andrew and Travis, 2008 Performance
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Sarah and Justin 8, 2008 Watercolour 23cm X 30.5cm
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Sarah and Justin 9, 2008 Water Color 57cm X 77cm
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Shawn and me 4, 2008 Water Color 23cm X 30.5cm
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Guillotine Choke, 2008 Pen and Ink 5" X 7"
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Back Choke, 2008 Pen and Ink 5" X 7"
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Costume Fight Therapy, 2009 Performance and Drawings
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video www.fighttherapy.com, 2008 Video Still
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video www.fighttherapy.com, 2008 Video Still
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video www.fighttherapy.com, 2008 Video Still
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Costume Fight Therapy, Feb 13 2009 Interactive Performance © fight therapy
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Costume Fight Therapy, Feb 13 2009 Interactive Performance © fight therapy
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Costume Fight Therapy, Feb 13 2009 Interactive Performance © fight therapy
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Costume Fight Therapy, Feb 13 2009 Interactive Performance
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Costume Fight Therapy, Feb 13 2009 Interactive Performance © fight therapy
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Spring Play at the VIAFestival in Seoul, South Korea, April 9, 2009 Performance With the Seoul Art Collective © Melissa Wyman
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Spring Play at the VIAFestival in Seoul, South Korea, April 9, 2009 Performance With the Seoul Art Collective © Melissa Wyman
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Exchange Rate Performance, 2008 Performance in Seoul, South Korea
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Tennessee
Lives in
Northern California
Works in
San Francisco, California
Schools
California College of the Arts, 2008, MFA
Massey University, New Zealand, 2005, PostGrad Dip
University of California, UCSC (University of California Santa Cruz), 1998, BA
Tags
SOCIAL PRACTICE, arts-education mixed-media, performance, conceptual
Statement

Born in 1976 on an intentional community called “The Farm” in Tennessee, Melissa Wyman was brought up with a foundation of nonviolence and communal living. Without leaving her early teachings behind, she found a passion for martial arts, particularly the close-contact fighting art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu discovered when she moved to Japan in her early 20’s. Combining grappling with a study of cross-cultural and non-verbal interactions has become a continuous thread in her art practice throughout an adulthood spent working in Italy, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, and Chile. As an interdisciplinary artist, her work is often participatory and uses fighting, drawing, video, installation, social practice, and watercolor as a way of exploring negotiations, miscommunications, and notions of belonging.

Wyman received an MFA from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, where she was a recipient of the Barclay Simpson Award, a Postgraduate Diploma in Art and Theory from Massey University in Wellington, New Zealand and a BA from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She lives and works in Northern California. 

www.melissawyman.info