Artist: Bri Joy
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East
Bri, a 4th year CSULB student, is working towards her BFA degree in the School of Art’s Printmaking Program. She’s from a super small town called Modjeska Canyon, CA. Modjeska is located in the Santa Ana mountains with little internet connection and few people. She loves exploring and likes having the appreciation of living in a small town to help view the world as such a diverse place. Bri wants to travel and leave her comfort zone, and chooses experience over any monetary value. She would definitely be a perfect fit for Santa Cruz because of their far left, hippy, thrifting, vibe.
Bri pretty exclusively works in print, with her digital process actually coming for an accidental freeze of her computer screen. Bri is able to convey very powerful messages with her prints because of their unique mixture of human and computer. It’s almost as if the more the girl becomes digital(industrialized), she also loses her beauty, which can be compared to nature and the wasteful habits mass amounts of humans have acquired. I also love the emotion the woman in the photos emit, vulnerable and shy, creating a great connection for how nature is reacting.
I think we need more artists like Bri, that can convey powerful environmental messages. My view has been shaped by my hometown, Pacific Grove, CA. Pacific Grove is also a small town like Bri’s and was conveniently located 15 minutes away from Big Sur. Having a really close knit town really increases my appreciation for the diversity of the world, especially now that I live in a an area like Long Beach. I honestly felt like I connected really well with Bri and she resembled a very close friend of mine from back home. Her art and personality made me a little nostalgic of back home, actually leading to my answer in Ashley’s class mate interview, Big Sur.