Wk 8 – Artist Conversation – Bri Joy

Exhibition Information 

Artist: Bri Joy

Exhibition: Merge

Media: Printmaking and Screen prints

Gallery: CSULB Gallery School of Art, Gatov Gallery East

Website: None

Instagram: bri.joy

About the Artist

Bri Joy is an undergraduate student at California State University Long Beach.  Bri plans on getting her BFA in printmaking.  Bri has been in the print working program for three years and this is her last year.  Bri is from Modjeska Canyon, California.  There is a lot of wild life and a diversity of people from where Bri grew up at.  Some of Bri’s hoobies are skateboarding, hiking, and snowboarding.  Bri enjoys traveling and wants to travel to so many unique and beautiful places.  Bri explores her past and present in her artwork and this focuses on the person she has become.

Formal Analysis

In Bri’s art work, it looks digital and there are many lines.  Her artwork is consists of black and white colors.  There are curves, dots and patterns in her art work as if there is a hidden message behind each piece.  On of Bri’s favorite pieces is the her work that was in the very back left.  Bri enjoys the line consistency that she used.  Bri said that using black ink creates value.  From a distance she sees shades of grey, manipulating the eye.

Content Analysis

The meaning of her exhibition merge, is about her past and present coming together.  Growing up.  Bri lived in a small town and now she lives in an area with a way more diverse and cultural population.  Her art express the new and different experiences that she goes through.  Her art work reflects the person she has become and the many changes shes been thorough.

Synthesis / My Experience

My life experience resonates here because growing up I used to live in a ghetto, so I know the different changes there is from where I live now.  I now appreciate things and view them differently.  Bri is a talented artist and she seems passionate about her work.  Her art work is definitely something that I have not seen before and I recommend for people to check her work out.



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