London-based illustrator and artist Joy Miessi uses her artworks as a method of self-documentation of both the past and present. In particular, “my life and experience as an individual from the diaspora,” says the artist.
“I was born in the UK and have been raised in an environment that was Congolese at home and British outside of that,” Joy explains. “My childhood was a clash of two cultures and ultimately left me with the feeling of displacement, as a black Congolese person in Britain and a black British person in Congo.” This feeling of displacement has become the main focus of Joy’s pieces in aesthetic and context. “My text-based work articulates my experience as a black person in the UK and my journey of understanding origin, race and its intersection within British culture.”
Joy’s artworks combine typography, illustration and painting, creating pieces that feel personal but still communicate a distinct message to a wider audience. Each artwork has a vibrancy to it in Joy’s voice and artistic style. “I use a range of processes such as drawing, painting and collaging to compose pieces that make reference to my everyday life here in Britain. Crossing cultures through the use of hand type, inspired by Congolese shop fronts, to create work that reflects my identity and viewpoint as an artist affected by the history of the diaspora of Congolese people.”
The next opportunity to see Joy’s work will be at We Are Here – British BME Women Exhibition from 6 – 9 July at Alev Lenz Studio. The group exhibition displays the work of black, minority, ethnic female artists “and their individual responses of what it means to be a BME, British woman in today’s society”. The exhibition serves as an opportunity to highlight how, These two identities, British and BME, are often seen as mutually exclusive and this exhibition aims to provide a platform for celebration and discussion for BME artists to explore their dual British identity at a public level.”
- Hey presto, it's Best of the Web!
- Paris-based Studio Jimbo creates "impact and power" with punchy poster designs
- Minju An's oddly sinister illustrations depict strange characters and floating bread
- Friday Mixtape: Warpaint's Glastonbury picks
- Karifurav Caihua’s weirdly erotic Japanese-inspired illustrations
- High octane Nike China animation gets kids to wear their bandages as a “badge of honour”
- “Evolve or die”: Bloomberg Businessweek creative director Rob Vargas on the magazine’s redesign
- Southbank Centre visual identity redesigned by North, to be a “confident masthead” for the institution
- Photographer Khadija Saye has died in the Grenfell Tower fire, her family confirm
- The Buzzfeed redesign: UK art director Tim Lane talks us through his seven-month overhaul
- Alex Norris’ hilarious three-panelled webcomics are universally appealing
- Fresh Yale grad Franci Virgili applies an academic approach to graphic design