︎ @joymiessi

‘jOY miEssi/
Pronouns: She/Her

1. Practice: Mixed media artist

2. Location: London

“I translate moments, conversations, feelings and intimate thoughts into visual pieces mainly in order to reflect back on. Each image triggers a memory, a moment in time, and is usually quite intimate and personal. Themes such as race, gender, sexuality are reoccurring in my work. I translate my feelings and preoccupations on these themes through writing, shape and colour.”

What do you find most inspiring about the art world right now?
In the art world I'm exposed to, which feels more underground, I am inspired by the collaborations happening, the collectives forming, that we share, create and support each other. I love that sense of community.

How would you say London expresses itself?
Music, art fashion scenes... every way possible. There is never a morning, afternoon or evening where there isn't something creative going on. I'm really interested in this current expression within the art scene that is very much DIY culture, making our spaces, events, styles, dances, it feels like we are in the middle of something exciting.

What do you want to convey to the rest of the world?
That despite the lack of representation in films, history books and the media as a whole queer black people exist. There are so many stories that are erased, reshaped and untold and so through my work, I want to tell mine. I am here.

How do you determine success?
For me, success has changed it's meaning so many times, I used to believe it was financial gain, then completing university, then exhibiting in a gallery but with each day, learning more about the world and seeing all the injustices, poverty and discrimination growing, in this current climate, success to me means surviving.