41 Elizabeth Street
New York, NY
REGULARNORMAL presents a solo show of works by Melissa Joseph. The artist’s practice addresses themes of diaspora, personal histories, and the politics of bodies occupying space, particularly those who identify as women of color. Since her father’s passing in 2015, Joseph has reconstructed images from her family archive in an active process of “re-seeing” the past. With an emphasis on textiles, crafts, and natural materials, she situates her works at the intersection of labor and gender: they are objects first and images secondarily. Her primary medium of wool felt fuses the two, with a soft distortion that complements the reminiscences she represents and the slippage between past and present.
Melissa Joseph, 2 miles behind the chicken truck (2023), Courtesy of the artist and REGULARNORMAL
Melissa Joseph, Julie in the Wagoneer (2021), Image courtesy of the artist and REGULARNORMAL.