Week 8 – Artist Conversation – Bri Joy

Artist: Bri Joy
Exhibition: Merge
Media: Screen Prints
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East
Website: None
Instagram: @bri.joy

This weeks artist conversation was with Bri Joy. She is from Modjeska Canyon, California a very isolated and small town. Where she was raised everyone knew each other and from kindergarten to middle school there was about 100 students in her class. When she came to Long Beach she noticed how more open people are. Joy transferred from Saint Batho’s College. She attended Orange High School of the Arts. She has been at CSULB for three years in the Print Making Working Program. She needs one more year and she will be done. Her hobbies include playing sports like surfing, skateboarding, doing yoga and snowboarding. She is a very active person and likes being outdoors. Her art focuses on the main idea that the person  she is today is coming together and she is merging her past and her present, that’s why she named her exhibition “Merge”.

The material she uses is called BFK which is an archival printing making paper. She bought a roll of ten yards for this exhibition and divided each art piece to fit the paper because her scale does not allow each thing to be printed like once like you would think. This is hand printed work. Her work consist of black and white colors so you won’t be distracted by any other color but to actually see the message as it is. Her lines are smooth yet each line is very different and she also uses unique variation of lines. If she would mess up with one little thing it would cost her $100 because of how expensive the material is but she didn’t make any mistakes which she was very happy about.

Joy’s art is trying to bring fourth emotion so make the people feel something. She doesn’t want to distracted or entertain them but to give the viewer feelings. She portrays how something simple can actually be complex and it shows the organic upbringing that reflects upon her. Her art is a reflection of the shift and new experiences that she discovered when she moved from one place to another. This also shows how she or women can be stronger no matter where she goes to next in life. This can show how organic her environment was and that reflects on her simplicity but also her message that can mean so much more which is all the experiences she has gone through.

I enjoyed Joy’s art work very much. I love how something so simple can show us much more than we think it might. Using black and white made the art seem more beautiful to me. Her art doesn’t have a lot going on which makes it more simple to understand the meaning behind it. I noticed how art doesn’t have to be to complex and with vibrant colors. I really enjoyed her art and how it merged her past and present.


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