joy miessi

I'm a freelance artist. I make work about my reality, my family, the things I worry about, thoughts. I see myself as telling the story of me, and my work as a diary of my life to date. 

I was born in the UK and have been raised in an environment that was Congolese at home and British outside of that. I interpret my feelings and preoccupation with these themes through writing. Creating text-based work articulates my experience as a black person in the UK and my journey of understanding origin, race, and its intersection with British culture.


I use a range of processes such as drawing, painting, and collaging to compose pieces that make references 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 diaspora.


My most recent project is a series of digital collages titled 'Above My Head'reminiscent of childhood hair routines and traditions. I see my work as a way of storytelling, so I often draw back to past memories, events and feeling to make my work so talking about it can be quite difficult as feels intimate to me. 


I have an upcoming solo exhibition in July 2018. At first, the thought scared me as my work is very personal to me, but I'm feeling really excited to share my work offline.

Big Title

9 - 27 JULY 2018