After my mother became ill, I was raised in the American South by my gentle, working-class grandparents. We were all transplants from the north. My grandmother cooked, and my grandfather built things out of wood and repaired engines in propane trucks as a mechanic. They taught me to work hard and to make beautiful things by hand.
My practice investigates embodiment, displacement, language, and longing, often using the body or the absence of the body to articulate a yearning for a future yet to be imagined or expressed. My work addresses personal and collective memory and questions about time and being by engaging with art history, pop culture, speculative fiction, and emerging technologies. I hope to provide pathways for connection in our disconnected time through phenomenological inquiry.
As an internationally exhibited artist, joy tirade has shown work at The Kamloops Art Gallery (British Columbia), Universitet I Oslo (Norway), Vilnius Academy of Arts (Lithuania), Ideas Block LT (Lithuania), and CICA (South Korea).
Nationally, joy has exhibited in the Mid-Atlantic Region at The Mint Museum, The Ackland Art Museum, CAM, The Carrack, and LUMP projects in North Carolina. In Virginia, at The Garage, The Bridge PAI, WTVF/Radio IQ Gallery, New City Arts, Art Works Gallery, The IX Building, and Ruffin Gallery at the University of Virginia.
Her work has appeared in numerous other venues, including: The Masur Museum (Monroe, LA), The Fluorescent Gallery (Nashville, TN), The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center (Covington, KY), Red Ink Studios (San Francisco), and at LACDA (Los Angeles).
joy tirade's work has appeared in several publications, including, The Third Coast, The Virginia Literary Review, 3.7, Summmer, and the Mildred Pierce zine. Recently her work was published by Routledge Press as a book cover. amzn.to/2p8ZYHU
joy tirade holds a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Art and Theory from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Previously, she graduated from the University of Virginia with Distinction and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa and was awarded a Bachelor of Art in Studio Art and Art History.
She lives and works in Oakland, California, where she teaches art and facilitates a free community painting collective | see @community.painting.collective on Instagram.