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Art & Life with Joy Boe

Today we’d like to introduce you to Joy Boe.

Joy, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I was born into a creative and resourceful family. My parents always encouraged imagination based playtime for my sister and I, so we were always busy making things out of untraditional materials and coming up with fun projects. In High School, I dreamed of attending F.I.D.M. for College but essentially chose to work and support myself instead. Fate guided me to participate in the disability rights movement first as a student, then as a Gallery Assistant at a local studio. This allowed me to build relationships with many emerging artists who work with different abilities. Over the past 15 years now, I have worked in the field of Social Services, supporting adults with developmental disabilities to live fully integrated lives in the community. I saw a real need for more diverse programs that are built around socialization and creative practice, as opposed to forced employment or adult day care, basically. I kept hearing the term “Consumers” used to describe this population and that disgusted me. I wanted to be a part of a place where everyone contributes equally. My current organization gave me the opportunity to launch Revision, a non-profit designed to provide inclusive access to art, culture, and environmental education.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
Our studio cares a lot about this planet! There are 6 Resident Artists currently at Revision, and each person has their own special medium, with the common thread of reducing waste and re-using supplies. We operate as a Community Contribution Center, which means we accept donations of all kinds from the general public. We like to dismantle items and cleverly repurpose them in group, individual and public projects. Every workshop is centered around some type of material that was given to us. We offer to make and take events such as terrarium tutorials using recycled glass, textile art using stripped denim, jewelry pieces made from broken watches, etc. We just sent a bunch of trash to Arizona as part of the Mutant Piñata exhibition, in the form of an Anglerfish, to highlight awareness about our polluted oceans. We love educating others about eco-friendly uses of things and showing people how their unused stuff morphed into something unique.

In your view, what is the biggest issue artists have to deal with?
The biggest challenge for me personally has been getting past my inner critic. It’s easy to feel like a perpetual beginner without a formal education in Art. I’ve experienced feeling inadequate within circles of academic artists and prefer to hang with those who fall within the margin. Secondly, sexism does sadly exist in many situations still. Maybe not necessarily in blatant ways such as open prejudice, but in sneaky ways like taking credit for an idea and/or not acknowledging the work of the individual behind successful challenges.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
We have open studio every Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays from 9a-2p. We just wrapped up a show, called New Creatives, at our studio space as well. We will be at the Earth Day Festival this year at Balboa Park, in partnership with the WorldBeat Center. We actively share our work on Instagram, Facebook and of course our website, along with a calendar of events for those who want to join in and keep in touch! Check out our calendar to see what’s new.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 2050 Hancock street suite C
    San Diego CA 92110
  • Website:
  • Phone: 619-994-3218
  • Email:
  • Instagram: revision_sandiego
  • Facebook: ReVision Workspace

Image Credit:
Joy Boe

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