Artist: Bri Joy
Media: BFK printmaking paper, printmaking paints
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East
Bri Joy is an undergraduate at California State University of Long Beach. She is about to graduate with a degree in Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Printmaking. She grew up in a small unincorporated mountain town that was surrounded by nature and wildlife. She told us that the population there was less than 1000 people. It was a culture shock to her when she moved from a town that everyone knew your business to a city where there are so many unfamiliar faces. She has many different hobbies and would consider herself as a wilderness type of sort. She is really active by doing yoga, surfing, snowboarding, skateboarding and hiking. This exhibition is trying to put her past and present together in this theme called Merge.
Joy’s primary technique for her work consists of printmaking. In her exhibit, she utilizes two contrasting shades: black and white. Joy uses style in order challenge color. As many people can associate color, it’s white the challenge to decipher black and white alone. Although it’s simple at face value, the contrasting colors are quite complex. She uses organic art with various lines in order to complement the meaning behind her work. She describes the process of screening prints quite the process considering how it takes time and effort to combine various layers into one.
The culture shock Ms. Joy experiences brings her the create the art pieces that represent both of her past and her present. Her idea of merging these two together is rather interesting.She mentioned that back there in her past, everyone in the community knows each other well and it is easier to establish relationships and bonds with other people. But when she came here, she notices that people are not as open and meanwhile, they do not let their guards down easily which is one the problem she faced. But finally, she realized there is also a form of beauty in this society, – People do cherished their existing relationships and bonds a lot more.
What particularly stood out to me in this exhibit was the idea of the two worlds colliding, the past and the future. She prints those memories, and merges her two worlds together to create something new, unique, and beautiful.