- Artist: Bri Joyss
- Exhibition: Merge
- Media: BFK printmaking paper, printmaking paints
- Gallery: Gatov-East
- Website: n/a
- Instagram: bri.joy
About the Artist
For this week’s artist conversation, I had the chance to interview Bri Joy. Joy is a fellow undergraduate student here at CSULB, but she is about to graduate with a Bachelors in Fine Art in Printmaking. Growing up she was surrounded by nature, since the town she lived in was very small. In fact, she stated that it had a population of less than 1,000 people. She also stated that she had to adjust to living in a huge city like Long Beach. Some of her other hobbies include yoga, surfing, snowboarding, skateboarding, and hiking.
Joy’s art is made out of BFK paper and special ink. However, due to the large size of her art, she has to make her art in pieces. As a result, she then has to put the pieces back together to make it look like it was all done at the same time. This can be challenging because if she makes a mistake, she would have to start all over. Her work is also very organic. Her work has plenty of twists and turns in them. She also works with only black and white in these painting.
Joy’s art was made to be organic. She wanted her art to convey her past and her present. As previously mentioned, she grew up in a very small town. When she moved here, her view of life changed because she noticed how much corporations and technology impact our lives. That is why she named this exhibition “Merge”. She wanted to show us that she does not see her past and present life as opposites. She sees them as things that can coexist with each other.
In the end, this was another interesting art exhibition. Joy’s art was really cool to look at. I know that there is a deeper meaning to the art than meets the eye, but just the look of the art is fascinating. I also really liked how she chose to only work with black and white. In a way I think it represents her theme of merging her past and her present. That is because black and white are traditionally seen as opposites like the past and present. However, Joy stated that she believes that her past and present can coexist. That is like the the black and white coexisting in her art work. I do not know if that was intentional or not, but either way I personally found that to be awesome. Overall, I think that Joy has a bright future in art, and her work displayed today was excellent.