My focus is on conversations and human connectivity in public and private settings. I am focusing on the spaces around us when we communicate, from embedded conversations in walls and floor mats to thought clouds, as if these spaces hold stories. I wonder how a simple conversation is absorbed between people, how they’re connected, and what the conversational wavelengths would look like if we could see them.
Joey Slaughter earned his BFA from Memphis College of Art and his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Upon graduating Cranbrook, Slaughter was awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant. He has also received the Louisiana Division of the Arts Career Enhancement Grant (2012). Slaughter has exhibited widely throughout the US in both solo and group exhibitions. His work has been published in Fresh Paint and in New American Paintings magazine four times. In 2017, Slaughter was awarded the Louisiana Prize from South Arts and received the Sam and Adele Golden Foundation residency. In 2018, had a solo show at Cole Pratt Gallery in New Orleans and attended Hambidge Residency in Georgia. In 2019 he attended the Crosstown Arts Residency in Memphis and The Joan Mitchell Foundation Residency in New Orleans. He was also published in Create Magazine and in the Louisiana Contemporary exhibition at the Ogden. He currently lives in Ruston, LA, and is Associate Professor of Art at Louisiana Tech University.