#unmonumentalwest (Wilshire Blvd)
…all at once I felt the gorgeous insanity of Los Angeles, its wild and dirty down and out sadness, the fizz and fun and infinite sprawl, the palm trees and motor oil of everything. I thought about how New York used to feel in the 80s in the summer, when the tar was melting on the roof and on the street, fire hydrants spewing and people sweating like fountains fanning themselves on front stoops, the smell of onions frying and garbage and dance music, random fireworks, helicopters, engines gunning, that screeching feeling of a crazy metropolis.
Joy Amina Garnett is an artist and writer who lives in Los Angeles. She is currently working on a family memoir of Egypt. Garnett is the Art Editor of Evergreen Review.
“Leaving New York” (short story/creative non-fiction) Evergreen Review Fall/Winter 2020.
“The Lost Narratives of A.Z. Abushady, Poet and Bee Master,” Cultural Entanglement in the Pre-Independence Arab World: Arts, Thought, and Literature, edited by Anthony Gorman and Sarah Irving, I.B. Tauris/Bloomsbury, Dec. 2020. [PDF]
Garnett’s work has been exhibited at the FLAG Art Foundation, MoMA-PS1, Whitney Museum, Artists Space, Smack Mellon, White Columns, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (NY), the Milwaukee Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Craft Portland (OR), Boston University Art Gallery, National Academy of Sciences (Washington, DC), and the Witte Zaal (Ghent, Belgium). Her artwork and writings have appeared in an assortment of publications that include: Rusted Radishes (Beirut, Lebanon); Full Blede (Los Angeles, CA); Virilio and Visual Culture (Edinburgh Univ. Press); Ibraaz (Kamal Lazaar Foundation); Ping Pong (Henry Miller Memorial Library, Big Sur, CA); and The Artists’ and Writers’ Cookbook (powerHouse Books, Brooklyn, NY).
Garnett has been awarded grants by Anonymous Was a Woman, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, The Wellcome Trust, and the Chipstone Foundation. Her work is in the permanent collections of the National Academy of Sciences, Altria, and The West Collection (Oaks, PA).