"All my life I have feared the mental illness that permeated my
and kept silent.
Here I have transformed family heirlooms into stories. By
“objectifying” each family member as a piece of furniture, I began
to see the trauma of my family’s mental illness in new ways, and to
watch as my fear changed to gratitude and compassion. What began as
visual story has turned into prayer.
was inspired by Eduardo Galeano who captures the essence of humanity
in a single paragraph; Joseph Cornell for evoking the infinite
inside a box; and by the anonymous Mexican retablo artists, who
paint stories of divine intervention in personal trauma on found
pieces of tin."