Joy Miessi uses words & shapes in her work to create a poignant mixed media creation dealing with police brutality
Instagram led me to Joy Miessi, a fantastic visual artist who interacts with word and shape in her mixed media creations. Joy often films her creative process, speeding it up to luscious songs like Kelela’s ‘Cherry Coffee’, offering insight into the layers of meaning in her work. Watching the video of Joy working on her piece Mejo (above) added an extra layer of narrative to the piece; the erasure of words for example which you never get to decipher looking solely at the final product. And there’s something magical about the contrast between the first page of work, and the second page and how they meld to show how the impact of police brutality spreads into the consciousness of black people worldwide.
Watch the video above – what does the language add to Joy’s work? Does the piece end where you expected it to?