melissa Joseph

To recognize self in others is to understand what it means to be human and to be fragile. My work as an artist addresses this phenomenon and is dedicated to mending and healing some of the seemingly persistent failures of civic and social infrastructure. The 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, and folds allow for only limited accessibility. The work is also concerned with the way in which we occupy space and the peculiarities of diasporic life. This is both political and emotional. Whether we are aware of it or not, our body takes comprehensive notes of our experiences.

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