Artist: Brianna Joy
Media: Screen Printing
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East
For this weeks artist conversation, I went up to the group of students Brianna Joy talked to. Brianna Joy is an undergraduate student here at CSULB, planning to graduate this year with her BFA. Joy is from a small town and moved into a bigger city, Long Beach, which influenced her and the work she does. Originally, Joy started school at Orange Coast College, but transferred and is now getting a degree in screen printing. Aside from working on her art pieces, some stuff Joy enjoys to do is play sports amd participate in yoga.
As a student pursuing screen printing, Brianna Joy primarily works with the style of lithograph, which makes her work have a smooth surface. Although it has a smooth surface, she utilizes a compressor in order to add texture. The color scheme seen in her printmaking is black and white, which she uses most. The combination of these concepts allows her work to become as realistic as possible and make it look ideal to what she imagines it as. The time required for screen printing is lengthy, as it requires artist to go through different stages to create their piece. Print making requires different layers that make up the lines and context of the artist’s work.
Brianna Joy creates her work with the experiences that she has been through. As a girl from a small town, who now lives in a bigger city, she utilizes this idea in her work. She called it “merging” because it tells a story of her past combined with the present. This work is made up of where she started and where she stands. I like this idea in her artwork. Merging is also a concept necessary to make the artwork she does. A combination of layers is the idea of “merging” and its ties in with her past and present “merging.”
Overall, I wanted to hear the idea behind Bri Joy’s artwork because I thought it looked cool. I have seen others do screen printing, but this is the first time I’ve seen it in this years gallery visits. I like the way lines can be utilized to make very distinct images and portray different things. In one piece, I really enjoyed the women looking over her shoulder because the concept of lines can create a nice background and still make her hair standout from it.