Joy Patrice O'Brien

Artist statement

Collage is an intimate act for me. Plucking an abandoned memory, listening to stories told from behind a stranger's eyes— simultaneously cutting, pressing, smoothing my own desires and fears somewhere in between the layers of marks, colors, paper, glue and words. And through altering what is discarded, forgotten, or imperfect, I become hyper-aware of my own perceptions and the distortions they experience over time. Ultimately, I seek to capture the complexities of what it is to be human and the push pull forces that uniquely drive each of us as individuals.



Upcoming Exhibitions


Presenting original artwork, May 16-19, at The Other Art Fair | Chicago, located at Mana Contemporary. Use promo code JOBRIEN when ordering your complimentary tickets at


Trout Museum.png

Artwork selected for the 39th Annual SECURA Fine Arts Exhibition at The Trout Museum of Art, located in Appleton, WI, May 4 - June 2, 2019.


FOLLOW on Instagram