Catarina Diaz is a London-based analog collage and mixed media artist. The Catarina Diaz art is a hybrid between realism and surrealism, the creation of collages allows her to create works using hyper-realistic elements thanks to the photographs, combining them in order to create representations that are completely detached from reality. "Joy" is an emblematic work from this point of view, the model used as the central element of the work stands out against the black background thanks to the shadows and lights that create an aura of warmth and vitality around the image, accompanied by the dress of a warm yellow tending to gold that infuses royalty and nobility. The model's face is covered by a bouquet of pastel-coloured flowers illuminated, instead, by a white and colder light. The use of flowers recalls the works and personality of Frida Kahlo, while the posture of the model and the panther recall Leonardo da Vinci's "Lady with an Ermine”. The whole work is immersed in an atmosphere of power, security e serenità, although the model's gaze is covered, her sense of self and her strength are perceptible, accompanied by the panther, which has always been a symbol of detached power and mystery, whose inscrutable gaze reinforces this perception. The viewer is conditioned by these emotions and feels identified to the point of wanting to feel the same security and strength. The proud position, the shoulders carried forward, the relaxation of the animal with an attentive look deeply affect those who look at the work, one feels pervaded by a sense of visceral self-esteem and by the instinct to want to show themselves equally safe and strong to the world.