Artist: Sean Joy
Exhibition: All Work All Play
Media: Metals, Silver, Copper
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Werby Gallery
For this weeks artist conversation, I got to understand the work of art Sean Joy makes. Joy is currently an undergrad and in her last semester. She is part of the metals program here at CSULB and this was the first time she gets to showcase her work in these galleries. Previously living in Los Angeles, Joy now lives in Long Beach. Some interests Sean Joy has aside from art are video games, cats, and reading. Joy shared with students that originally she came to CSULB for creative writing, but changed it during orientation when she had the opportunity. Joy now works with metals and specializes in it.
In her artwork, Sean Joy utilizes metal, which she specializes in. She likes to use metals such as copper and silver. When looking at her work, I thought it was a gallery of artwork from different artists. The reason that I thought this was because they each varied in texture and context. There were a variety of different pieces and this shows the versatility of her art. What I did notice was that all the work had smooth texture and was neatly defined. Her work did not have much color, as the copper and silver stands out from the work.
In Joy’s work, one can see the details she used and how it shapes her artwork. Joy explained to the students that patience is key in creating art. The method of creating a piece is lengthy and time conserving. It is important to be patient because it allows the artist to create the work how they want it to be. It took Joy to be patient to create all this work for the gallery. She also explained that she likes to add her sense of humor as much as possible into her work when she can. Context and the discussion people have of art is important.
Overall, when looking at her work of art, I was interested to finding out the concept behind her art. I liked the necklaces, finger band, and other pieces she created (like the black piece on the right). What I was surprised to see was the piece of art in the form of a penis. I just didn’t expect it going into the gallery, but her work was well detailed and interesting.