Q&A: Sarah Joyce – Outstanding Senior in Art

Sarah Joyce at the Spring 2017 Commencement

Degree: BFA in Art, Magna Cum Laud
Hometown: Stuart, Virginia

Q: In your years here, what artwork you created makes you proudest and why?

A: With my years here at Radford, the artwork that makes me the proudest is “Grievous.” It is my most recent piece within my current body of work about the deterioration of the female form as they feel discontent and frustration from peer pressure and social media. Through my own experiences, my pieces exhibit the drastic aftermath and mishaps that have altered my identity, and from which I am recovering. “Grievous” is one of newest that I have created so far and is successful in merging cardboard, fabric, oil, and collage together to create a powerful piece that displays my point of view.

Beauty in society in general has become artificial and temporary. For Instance, individuals should not have to lose their identity through processes of bleaching and Botox to conform to someone else’s opinion on how others should look. It is okay to do makeup every once and awhile but individuals should embrace their natural bare appearance, too.

Q: If you had to pick one moment, either a best moment or most transformative moment at Radford, what would it be and describe why?

A. The best moment I have had at Radford was switching my major to art from biology and having this feeling overwhelming happiness that I was in something that I loved and could fully express myself.

Q: What advice would you give to new students coming into Radford?

A: If I could give the incoming students advice, it would be two things.
One, be open-minded, there is more than one perspective to everything.
Two, the amount of work you put into your classes is what you will receive in return. If you work lazily in your course, you will not receive the feedback you desire. You must have a good work ethic to grow as an artist and as a student.

Q: What are your upcoming plans after graduation?

After graduation, I plan on continuing to work on my body of work, entering exhibitions, and getting a job in the art field.

May 11, 2017
Leslie King