CSA Artist Spotlight: Becky Joye

The Artspace CSA is a great way to buy local and support artists. Six Artspace member artists have been selected to participate in our second annual CSA. Each will produce a series of 40 works of art; the resulting 2017 CSA collection will contain one work of art from each artist. Find out more about each of the participating CSA artists in this series.

How long have you been a member?

I became an Artspace member in 2013 after completing my term as a Regional Emerging Artist in Residence. I have had a studio at Artspace since 2013 and have had four different studios in the building!

How and when did you know you were an artist? 

I have been an artist since I was little. My family encouraged me to pursue art by taking local classes and I took every art and drafting class offered at school. In high school I was fortunate to be chosen to attend the North Carolina Governor’s School for art. I did not know that art could be a career, so I studied architecture in college and worked for about 10 years as an architectural designer. Changes to the profession during the economic downturn gave me the time to pursue art again and start entering art shows. I’ve been working professionally as an artist since 2009, though it was only a few years ago that I could confidently call myself an artist.

Tell us about your artistic process.

I enjoy making most of my work with acrylic and pencil on paper but also enjoy experimenting with other media, such as fabric and kinetic sculpture. My style of drawing is influenced by my years of architectural drafting and many people guess that I am an architect or engineer. The subject of my work comes from the combination of direct observation and whimsical fantasy. I love to travel and find inspiration from seeing new places and things. Mostly I am drawn to man-made objects such as industrial buildings and construction cranes.

What can collectors expect from your contribution?

Collectors can expect a small painting of acrylic and pencil on watercolor paper in a standard size that will be easy to frame to their liking. The painting will be of an icon from my Iceland-inspired Hunting for Mysteries series with a happy pop of color.

What does being a part of the CSA mean to you? 

I like the concept of the CSA in how the community can support its artists. The CSA is a great way to start an art collection and support several local artists’ work at the same time. I know from experience that buying art can be intimidating at first, so the CSA makes it easy to purchase art and meet the artists. Since I work with galleries, my work may be more of an investment, so the CSA will provide a new collector the opportunity to afford one of my originals.

What do you hope to get out of this experience? 

Since I recently had a baby, creating the CSA works will be a way for me to keep working at my art practice in small amounts. The CSA is also a way to keep interacting with the art community and Artspace patrons while I’m at home with Jack.

Tell us something about yourself that may surprise people:

Since I am a quiet and reserved person, people are usually surprised that I love to dance, especially to 90s hip-hop from my teenage years.

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Meet the artists at our Holiday Open House

Sunday, December 18, 10am – 2pm.

About Brett Morris

Brett is the Programs Assistant at Artspace, Inc. He graduated from NC State University in 2013 with a BA in Art + Design and has years of experience in helping to run a summer arts program, having been a counselor and a coordinator at the Design Camp at CAM Raleigh and NCSU. He is also a skilled photographer, graphic designer, screen printer, and has organized and installed exhibitions.

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