Artist: Brianna Joy (Bri Joy)

Exhibition: Merged  

Media: Screen Printing

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East

Instagram: @bri.joy

Brianna Joy is an undergraduate student at California State University Long Beach, expected to graduate with her BFA this year. Joy transferred from Orange Coast College, wanting to pursue a degree in screen printing. She explains that she is originally from a small town and the transition to living in a big industrialized city, like Long Beach, had a major impact on her work.  Aside from art, Joy enjoys an array of sports and yoga. She doesn’t have a website because she feels she rather interact with her peers in a more organic fashion, and she holds a great deal of importance in how she markets herself

Brianna Joy works exclusively with the lithograph style of print making, she creates contrast in her works by using a strict black and white color scheme. Although the pieces are on flat, smooth paper, she creates texture through the use of a compressor. This texture, alongside the large scale of her work adds to the realness of the pieces. She describes the screen printing process as long as laborious as it involves the combining of many layers, but through this she is able to create amazing natural lines that depict the curves of the human female body.

Joy’s work revolves around the idea of “merging”. Through her art, Joy tells a story of her merging her past with her present. The past of living in a small town is combined with the present of being in a big city and is merged to create a beautiful combination that tells her life story. Not only does the word “merge” speak to the deeper meaning behind each work of art, it literally I how these pieces have been created. Layers and layers had to be combined and merged together in order to achieve one print, much like life experiences and situations have to be merged together in order to create one lifetime.

I immediately was in awe of Joy’s prints. The stark contrast of color alongside the large scale of the work is astounding. Most under appreciate the work that has to go into screen printing, but in Joy’s pieces the intricate work was evident. I thought it was beautiful how harsh lines and colors could be manipulated into soft feminine lines, creating a female body.


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