Artist: Bri Joy
Media: Screen Prints
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East
Website: No Website
For this week’s artist conversation, we got to meet with artist Bri Joy. Joy is currently an undergraduate at California State University of Long Beach in the Print Making program for the CSULB School of Art. Growing up in a small mountain town with no cellphone, she was surrounded by nature and wildlife and faced a complete culture shock when she moved to Long Beach. She explained how people are not as open, value relationships, and bonds are more genuine here. Bri Joy originally went to Orange Coast Community College but then transferred to CSULB to get her BFA degree. Bri’s work explores the ideas of merging her past and her present referencing where she came from and where she lives now. While being an artist, she is also very active and considers herself a “hobbyist.” Some interests of hers include doing yoga, going hiking, and surfing, all which are hobbies based off of her childhood background.
Most of Bri Joy’s work consists of screen prints. She manipulates lines by using thick and thin lines and makes them either straight or jagged. To create her hand-printed art pieces, she uses rolls of paper and water-based ink. The only two colors she uses for her work are black and white. Joy explains how she does not try for a specific shape when doing her art work. Instead, it can be viewed as abstract and you have to figure it out for yourself what each piece means to you. Only in some pictures, does she use the lines to create the image of a woman.
Joy’s work highlights her interest in “the marriage of organic and digital systems.” With her screen prints, she merges her past and her present. The “organic” part represents her past where she lived in a small mountain town, while the “digital” side represents the present where she lives in Long Beach. That explains why the name of her exhibit is named “Merge.” When asked how she describes her work, she described them as an “organic abstraction.”
Of the multiple galleries I could have chosen from, I chose Joy’s because I thought her art work was creative with how she used thick, thin, straight, and jagged lines in order to create an art piece. Overall, I really liked Bri Joy’s art work and how she used the life of her past and her present to come up with the ideas. Like how Bri uses her past and her present to carry on her art, I use my past and present to keep pushing me forward in life. While facing multiple challenges in the past and to this day, I know that I have gotten past them and can beat the current challenges I face and I use them as motivation to reach my goals. Through Joy’s art, she portrays how your past and present can lead to something great and everyone who sees her art work should understand that.