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A Pair of Sisters

Hand-finished series of 8 + 1AP + 1PP, 2022 
UV print on industrial felt, hand-finished with needle felted wool

Signed and numbered by the artist en verso

12.00 x 9.00 in
30.48 x 22.86 cm

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  • Framed prints ship within 2-4 weeks.
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About the Work

Textiles, found objects, and personal archive weave together in Melissa Joseph’s hauntingly delicate works. Working primarily in felt following a residency at Textile Arts Center, Joseph creates deep linkages to her global, multi-racial experience through the intuitive blend of image and material, the soft distortion of felt mimicking the slippage of memory. For our collaboration, Joseph selected images from her family archive: one from the Indian side — Love Marriage — and one from the Irish side — A Pair of Sisters.

 “This image, A Pair of Sisters, is two of my mom's seven sisters standing on the sidewalk in front of their home on the day of my Aunt Carol's First Communion. Sacraments and birthdays were some of the few days each year when an individual sibling got to be in the spotlight. This was Carol's day, but both of them are so happy in this photo. Carol is in her communion dress and veil, and my Aunt Kate is casually dressed, excited about the celebration. Seeing the way that my mom and her siblings love and continue to care for each other has been one of the greatest lessons of my life. Both of my parents maintained tight bonds with their siblings across great distances for decades, many without the aid of the internet. In this image, the embracing figures are needle felted in neon colors, literally ‘highlighting’ that bond.” — Melissa Joseph

Artist Biography

Melissa Joseph has held solo exhibitions at REGULARNORMAL (New York) and Fleisher Art Memorial (Philadelphia), as well as a two-person exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Museum. Select group exhibitions include presentations at MOCA Arlington (Virginia), UMOCA (Salt Lake City), Turn Gallery (New York), Swivel Gallery (Brooklyn), 2021 Independent Art Fair with REGULARNORMAL, South Asia Institute Chicago, Textile Arts Center (Brooklyn), and Shaker Museum (Mt. Lebanon, NY), among many others. She has participated in residencies at the Center // Substructured Loss (Berlin), the Growlery (San Francisco), Chautauqua Visual Arts (New York), BRIC (New York), Fountainhead Arts (Miami), the Dieu Donné Workspace Residency (New York) and the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Studio Program (New York). Joseph currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Authentication & Resale

Signed and numbered by the artist en verso. This work is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity signed and numbered by Exhibition A

Be sure to keep your Certificate of Authenticity (COA) in a safe place. We are unable to replace or reissue COAs.


Framed artwork is custom framed once it is ordered. Allow 3-5 weeks for framing and delivery.

All of our frames are made from sustainably sourced engineered hardwood that is manufactured in the USA. Frames are available in Black or White Matte and Walnut.

Prints are hinged to a conservation quality, acid-free and lignin-free Cellulose matboard, using acid-free polyethylene cloth tape. Each mat’s surface paper is fade and bleed resistant and is attached to a conversation quality foam-core board. Some of our work (typically those pieces with a deckled edge) is floated on the matboard with spacers to separate the artwork from the glazing.

We use museum quality .060 mm plexiglass to frame your work. It blocks 82-85% of UV rays to prevent color fading from exposure to light, protecting your art for years to come.

Our White and Black frames have a ⅞” wide flat face and are 15/16” deep. Mats are 1” wide for prints up to 8” x 10”. Mats are 2” wide for prints larger than 8” x 10”.

Our Natural and Walnut frames have a ¾” wide flat face and are 1 ⅛” deep. Mats are 1” wide for prints up to 8” x 10”. Mats are 2” wide for prints larger than 8” x 10”.

Any artwork that is floated will be placed in a frame that has a ⅝” wide flat face and is 1 5/16” deep. Work will be floated with a 1” border around it.

Shippings & Returns

Unframed work ships within 5 business days of your order. Framed artwork is custom framed once it is ordered. Please allow 2-4 weeks for framing and delivery. Need it faster? Expedited options may be available by emailing All work ships from the US. International customers are responsible for any customs, duty, or VAT charges. 

If you change your mind after placing your order, please email us at within 24 hours. We will not be able to accommodate cancellations for framed orders after that time period (as your frame will have been ordered and cut within that time period). We may not be able to accommodate your request to cancel your order for an unframed work after 24 hours if it has been packaged and processed by our fulfillment center. 

We are unable to accept returns on custom framed artwork. Our general policy is that we do not accept returns. If your print arrives damaged or does not meet your expectations, you may be eligible for a replacement or return. Any issues must be reported within 5 business days of receipt by emailing