Melissa Joseph

Region: Northeast

Website: http://www.melissajoseph.net

City / State: BROOKLYN, NY

To recognize self in others is to understand what it means to be human and to be fragile. All the conversations I have concerning societal struggles boil down to one solution: treat all humans as humans. This simple and elegant assertion proves to be inconceivably difficult to implement. My work as an artist addresses this phenomenon, and is dedicated to mending and healing some of the seemingly persistent failures of the civic and social infrastructure. One body of work explores memories and our relationships to them: nostalgic, obsessive, glorifying, dismissive, repressed. Using Indian silk for these is intentional and functional. Textiles speak to how our bodies interact with space, their folds allowing for only limited accessibility. Another body of work is concerned with the way in which we occupy space. This is both political and emotional. Whether we are aware of it or not, our body takes comprehensive notes on our experiences.