Filled with block colours, fabric canvases and textures, the work of artist Joy Yamusangie Miessi is abound with layers of emotion. Whether that be a thought, experience or snip from a past memory, the artist has a knack for translating these moments into mixed media. Since graduating with a BA in Illustration, Joy’s work has been exhibited at various galleries, including Beers London Gallery and Office&Gallery Los Angeles, and was a part of LDN WMN, a series of free public artworks celebrating unsung women heroes, curated by Tate Collective. However, it wasn’t all plain sailing. Here Joy shares a less than positive university experience, gives us advice on how to steer through a year of post-graduation unemployment, and explains why there’s no shame working in unexciting jobs to support your practice.