E.V. Day’s deconstructive style puts all clothing at risk, from women’s undergarments to wedding gowns, Chanel suits, and replica dresses-nothing is safe from the New York artist’s “Exploding Couture” technique. Additionally she has utilized unorthodox artistic media including cat skeletons, children’s plastic toys, and replicas of animal tongues to touch on femininity and the humor of gender roles.
Day received her MFA from Yale University School of Art, New Haven, Connecticut, in 1995. She has had many solo exhibitions, including those at Carolina Nitsch Contemporary Art, New York, New York (2011); New York City Opera in Lincoln Center (2010); Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, Illinois (2008); Lever House Art Collection, New York (2006); Deitch Projects, Art Basel Miami, Florida (2006); and The Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria (formerly Philip Morris Companies), New York (2001). Selected group exhibitions include Sensate: Bodies and Design, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California (2009); Fashion Accidentally, Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan (2007); Rapture: Art’s Seduction by Fashion, Barbican Centre, London, England (2002); and Whitney Biennial 2000, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2000). In 2016, Day was awarded the prestigious Rome Prize for Visual Arts by the American Academy in Rome.