rtist Joseph Tipay describes his process saying, "My work deals with the effects felt by those with a parent or parents in prison. I draw from personal experience and this has allowed me to connect to family members who have gone through similar struggles. Over time they have shared intimate details of the events that have shaped their lives. Along with this deep-rooted knowledge, I conduct informal interviews as well as research to create and support this social narrative." Some of Tipay's themes include communicating through prison walls, maintaining relationships, intergenerational incarceration, gun violence, gangs, and drug abuse. He also touches on breaking the cycle, unconditional love, humanity, the separation of family, and telling a side of the story of which most people are unaware.
Fresno-based printmaker Joseph Tipay is featured in this solo exhibition in the newly inaugurated Farmer Gallery at The Commonwealth Club in its new headquarters. Tipay’s work considers the ripple effects of the prison industrial complex and the impact of incarceration on families, exploring themes of unconditional love, humanity and the separation of loved ones.