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Art & Life with Joy Meyer

Today we’d like to introduce you to Joy Meyer.

Joy, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
My first major introduction to Fine Art was in Houston. It was the year 2001 and I was visiting a friends family for the holidays. I went to Museum of Fine Arts and encountered the James Turrell piece, The Light Inside. I stood inside the installation for ages, watches the light ebb from magenta, to violet, to blue.

It seemed to match my heartbeat and my breath. I became obsessed with art after that moment. It was like falling in love for the first time. I am trained as a painter but in graduate school I began to make experimental digital work and video.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I make video installations that at their heart began as paintings. I make paintings using light. I hope to make connections between art history, epistemology, and feminism to explore the metaphysics of love and desire.

I want the viewer to walk away and remember what it was like that first time they fell in love. I try to do this with experimental abstract video and sound.

Do you think conditions are generally improving for artists? What more can cities and communities do to improve conditions for artists?
I think artists need space to create. It’s hard to live in a bigger city and make the kinds of work you might want to make as a large scale painter.

At the same time, the technologies are shifting and it is easier to make work on your computer now too. This is better for the environment because you are not adding more objects to the world.

I feel torn between these desires as a classically trained painter turned video maker. But these studio challenges can often lead to innovations that you might not have seen before.

I think more community and collective spaces for artists would be amazing. Or city-funded residencies with space and equipment. That would be a huge help to emerging artists and mid-career artists.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I have gallery representation at LACDA, 104 East 4th Street, Los Angeles.

I am also working on two solo shows on the East Coast at The Guest Room Gallery in Chapel Hill, NC and at LUMP Projects in Raleigh, NC.

I hope this LUMP show will travel.

You can also see what I am up to on my webpage and follow my visual diary @slendergolden on Instagram, or my artist page.

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