joshua steven bryant
about the artist
Joshua Steven Bryant was born in Waco, Texas. They received degrees in Painting and Ceramics during their Bachelors at the University of North Texas in 2016. In Spring of 2022, Joshua graduated with a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of North Texas. During graduate school, Bryant worked as an assistant in a wood shop and began teaching in 2020. Since graduating, they now work as an adjunct professor in Foundations, Painting, Drawing, and Sculpture. They have been exhibited in many group shows throughout Texas, including Queer Me Now: The Queer Body and Gaze at the MAC, the 2020 iteration of Rising Eyes of Texas at the Rockport Center for the Arts, and the 2020 30 Under 30 exhibition at the Greater Denton Arts Council. They have also shown in two solo exhibitions prior to this, It’s Sickening and Stupid and You All Care and Keep it Between You and Me and the Neighbors.”
I use the domestic as a locale to consider the function of a queer body within the “American Dream.” I frequently remove the objects from their intended uses through various methods of alterations. Breaking things down to queer identity, objects, space, and community, I consider each object as a stand-in for individuals liberated from the pressure of preconceptions and mastery. Each lends itself towards the community identity, serving individually as separate functions within the experience but also collectively serving as an invitation for on-lookers to join this community that we would define together.