Born in Melbourne in 1949. After graduating in art teaching and studying Fine Arts part-time at RMIT, Joseph eschewed post-graduate studies and committed herself solely to studio practice. In fact, despite her student years, she considers herself essentially self-taught. She realised early that art for her was to be discovered in the making.
Joseph held her first solo exhibition in 1986 and has continued to exhibit her art regularly in solo exhibitions in Melbourne from that time. Her art has also been included in group exhibitions at the British Museum, Art Gallery of NSW, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Bendigo Art Gallery, Geelong Art Gallery, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery and Lyon Housemuseum Galleries. Her abiding commitment to minimal abstraction has been the major feature of her art. Joseph's concern has always been in the quality of the materials she is using and minimal mark-making. A continual paring back leaving only the most essential marks has been the constant focus of her art over decades. Her practice also comprises installation and sculpture and drawing/ collage works on paper. Joseph's selection of materials is broad... from warn timber, faded canvas tarpaulins, jute, rusted or weathered metal, torn or flattened cardboard, used addressed envelopes to more traditional materials like linen, cotton duck and paper. Her body of work has included a large installation of painted tea chests and wooden boxes and a series of painted hessian coffee sacks.