During her undergraduate studies, Neri became involved in the Mission School movement along with American artists Alicia McCarthy and Barry McGee. This movement centred around San Francisco's Mission District, one of the oldest neighbourhoods in the area, and responded to the culture of the San Francisco Art Institute at the time.Read More
In the 1990s, Neri explored graffiti and street art under the pseudonym Reminisce, in which she would spray paint images of galloping horses onto building façades and trains in San Francisco.
Neri's move to Los Angeles for her graduate studies allowed her to transition from working with mostly painting to sculpture. While now off the canvas, her work continues to explore her relationship with painting and its histories. For example, in Girl (2010), Neri sculpted a female figure sitting with her knees up, painted in vibrant colours reminiscent of cubist traditions.
Neri has also created ceramic vases decorated with voluptuous female figures as its handles. These vases, which are often large in size and weigh between 400–800 pounds, merge her graffiti and sculptural practice through the use of spray paint atop the glaze. In an untitled 2018 work (Dancing Women), Neri sculpts a vase with a form similar to a uterus and paints two nude women on each handle who appear joyous with raised hands. In the middle of the work, a purple flower sits as its centrepiece. In another untitled work (Traditional Pot) (2017), several nude figures line its surface, bringing to mind imagery such as ancient Greek amphora and vases.
While often referred to as 'hypersexualised,' these works of Neri instead speak to various facets of being a woman, inspired from her own experience as a 'mother, lover, daughter, and maker.'