Wk 8- Artist Conversation- Bri Joy 

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 Artist: Bri Joy

Exhibition: Merge

Media: screen printing

Gallery: Csulb Schhol of Art, Gatov Gallery East

Website: n/a

Instagram: @bri.joy

Brianna Joy is currently an undergraduate student at CSULB and is expecting to graduate in the next semester or so. Bri first went the Orange County High Scholl of Arts and this is where she believes her passion started. She than went on to Orange Coast Collge before transferring to CSULB. Bri comes from a small town where she was isolated and when she arrived to Long Beach she felt culture shocked. The culture shock was good though as she says it inspired her artwork. Aside from art, Bri enjoys sports,surfing,yoga, and snowboarding.  She enjoys outdoor hobbies just because that is what she grew up doing as a child in the small town.

Bri’s primary use of art consists of screen printing. When you first look at your work you try to look for the image through all the lines. In some of her pices she has clean lines while other jagged sharp lines. Bri explains that the inspiration behind her work is trying to bring forth emotion through the versatility of her life, something that seems simple can be really complex. She believes the shifts in lines help her bring her point across. All of Bris’s work is black and white. She didn’t want to use color because she believes color conveys emotions. This was the first time Bri worked in black and white. She believed black and white would help her message behind the art become stronger. Bri also explains that her gallery is sort of like her life starting with clean lines in her first work in the gallery such as her piece Modesta and her later work in the gallery is more digitized with abrupt patterns and more rugged lines perhaps representing her move to long beach.

I thoroughly enjoyed Bri’s artwork . My favorite pieces were the more digitized images that were later in the gallery. What I liked most about her was that she wanted to put forth her best work when representing her name essentially her brand. She values her name and wants her work to represent her upbringing which is why she doesn’t have a website because she wants her work to have all she’s got and right now with school,  she can’t put all her time into her work. I can’t wait to see what other works she has in the future.

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