Joy Miessi is an artist based in London. Miessi translates moments, conversations, feelings and intimate thoughts into visual pieces for reflection. Social themes such as race, gender and sexuality recur in Miessi’s work and are translated through abstract shapes, figures and writing.
In 2017 Miessi engaged in conversation with curator Nicole Crentsil for ‘If you are silent about your pain, they’ll kill you and say you enjoyed it’ held at Iniva. They discussed Miessi’s journey through embracing her Blackness and how it has impacted her practice as a young Black British artist. They examined the influence of hair and skin as a cultural catalyst for wider conversations on self love and mental health, retracing Miessi’s artistic timeline and literary influences.
Miessi has exhibited at Beers London Gallery, Office&Gallery Los Angeles and has created a public artwork along the Southbank as part of LDN WMN, a project curated by Tate Collective. Miessi presented her work at Iniva in 2017, where she discussed with curator Nicole Crentsil her practice and the influence of hair and skin as a cultural catalyst for wider conversations on self love and mental health. Miessi has also been a guest speaker at Tate Modern, the Courtauld Institute of Art.