WK8-Artist Conversation-Brianna Joy

Artist: Brianna Joy

Exhibition: Merge

Media: Screen Printing, BFK Printing paper

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East

Website: None

Instagram: bri.joy

About the Artist: 

Brianna joy comes from a small town called Modjeska Canyon here in California. The town is very small to where its highest number of population recored is around 1000 people. Her transition from there to here in long beach was different, because of how she was used to a small town , compared to Long Beach a bigger city. She went to Orange County High School of Arts, where she had already had a great start in her art career. She now is a transfer student from Orange Coast college where she decided to transfer to CSULB chasing her career in screen printing. Brianna is expected to graduate this year with her BFA. Brianna loves screen printing but although that is her passion she also has some interests. Se loves to play spots and do yoga as well in her free time. Some of her favorite sports she likes to play are surfing and snowboarding. Her top activity she likes to do is go hiking.

Formal Analysis:

Brianna’s art is a mystery in which she wants us to look really deep into, wants us to find out what the art really is. The only colors used are black and white. One one of her art pieces she draws a self portrait in which she felt can mean many things her other art pieces she made she uses lines and curved textures to demonstrate a different image compared to her other ones. On some she uses a bolder black to make it stand out on the others she uses a normal volume of black and white together. The media in which she uses is BFK printing paper, she uses this to has a better touch with the materials she uses. The shape of her art is not specific, she uses wavy lines that are jagged and curve all around. Although there is a rhythm, in her art you see a patter on how the lines curve around forming the art and making it more understandable.

Content Analysis: 

All of Brianna’s art has many meaning and different interpretations, some to whom she wants us to look deep into ourselves and think very deeply about. But while having my conversation with her she explained that her art is meant to show the shift of change from her past to her present, the way in which things changed from her after coming from a smaller town and going right through a bigger city. Since it was a shift to her she wants to show her emotions and feeling through art and how it didn’t change the way she is but the way she saw things from a different perspective. She wants others to know that sometimes moving around from one place to another is not bad, instead it can open many doors to new opportunity’s for yourself but also help you grow as a person.

Synthesis / My Experience: 

While looking at Brianna’s art, there were many things that her art work meant to me. In my perspective her art means her past and how her present has changed because of it, not in a bad way but in a good way. This resonates to me because I can relate to her in many ways. Brianna comes from a small town with a small population, and coming to Long Beach was a big shift for her seeing a bigger city, more people, and a lot more things to do around. I can relate to her from experience based on where I come from. I come from a “ghetto” neighborhood and a not so great High school, and coming straight out of High School to a four year University was a big change for me, I didn’t really know what to expect or what to do. But later on i adapted and shaped my way into it. And this resonates me and Brianna in a great way because I know how it feels to go from one place to another and see a difference change and adapt to it.



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