Artist: Bri Joy
Media: BFK printmaking paper, screen paint
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East
Bri Joy is pursuing a BFA in Printmaking at California State University Long Beach. She is a transfer student from Orange Coast Community College and is in her last year in the program at CSULB because the program is only 3 years long. After she graduates she wants to start up an Easy account and a website to start selling her work. Her work explores her lifestyle as a child, organic. Her hobbies include yoga, surfing, skating, snowboarding, camping, and hiking. While growing up in, Modjeska Canyon she had no cell phone service and the population was very low.
When asking Bri Joy about the formal qualities of her work she said there is no specific lines. She wants her work to be abstract and organic. I think her work has smooth shapes and jagged lines. The colors she uses are black and white. When asking her why she chose black and white she said she is trying to bring fourth emotion, something so simple can be so complex when looking into it deep. She said her past was color based but she thinks black and white has less distraction and she has never worked with just black and white before in her work.
Bri Joy’s art represents her childhood in a secluded low population town. I asked her why she chose to do the picture of the women and she said it was a self portrait of herself. She said she wanted a picture as organic as it could get and also mentions she wanted to merge it with digital work. She said doing a naked self portrait was as real and relevant to life as it could get.
I thought Bri Joy’s art was very interesting and I loved how it connected so close with her own life in the past and present. It makes me think about doing art work of my life and what media I would use to convey my message to others. I loved how she incorporated herself into her art. Also, she seemed very passionate and proud of her work when talking to me.