I find inspiration in observing the overlooked man-made landscape: grand communication towers, worn empty signs, and concrete silos from the car window. With these ordinary utilitarian structures I conceive a story, a character, or emotion to portray and evoke a response within the viewer.

My current series, Amusement, began by discovering a carnival Ferris wheel by the interstate and experiencing the youthful feeling of excitement that I associate with amusement parks. Through referencing vintage carnival and amusement ride structures and the playful objects of childhood, this work is exploring the nostalgic euphoria of spectacle and amusement and instigating the viewer’s desire for escape, thrill, and play.


Becky Joye is a visual artist and designer based in Raleigh, North Carolina. She was born in Charlotte, North Carolina and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a Bachelor of Architecture in 2003, with full intention of becoming an architect. After coming to her senses in 2009, she shifted course to focus on drawing and making. Now she enjoys escaping to an invented world of color, pattern, and impracticable structures.

Becky is represented by Wally Workman Gallery in Austin, TX.


Winston-Salem Journal, Oct 2014

Unraveled interview, July 2014

The Jealous Curator, Feb 2014

Addle Ear Arts, July 2012