Joy Poulard Cruz is an interdisciplinary artist from Washington, D.C. working in physical, digital, and social collage to reflect on intercultural meaning-making. As an adoptee informed of her Caribbean heritage as an adult, Joy unifies the familiar and the unfamiliar as a framework for proposed global consciousness, often arriving at utopian ideals where irony and humor tend to manifest. With this play of dark and light, she calls into focus existing power structures and broader authoritative tropes imprinted on the collective social psyche.
Joy studied dance at Tulane University and University of Florida and toured as a company dancer with The Mod Project and members of Urban Bush Women. She has performed at the Kennedy Center, the Andy Warhol Museum, and Merce Cunningham Studios in NYC. She has been awarded by the Frank Ratcheye Studio for Creative Inquiry, the Corrigan Travel Fellowship, and the inaugural SPARK Grant Award, among others. Joy currently lives in Pittsburgh, PA where she will receive her MFA in Studio Art from Carnegie Mellon in May of 2019.