Since I became a photographer, my art has enabled me to capture life's most challenging themes – birth, death, family – and present them with beauty. It began with this project, my personal journey back to my beginnings.
Mine is a family of powerful women and complex relationships interwoven as a result of my parents' three respective marriages. With religion, background, and age diverse among each generation of industrious women, our mosaic was forged of passion, pain, and love. I, the youngest, was confused by the complexities created before my birth and haunted by secrets shielded from me by youth.
When college called, I fought to pull myself free. That journey took me far, to the Middle East, where I realized that I was ahead of myself. Questions that arose from my feelings of loneliness and alienation led me to shoot. I knew I needed to begin again and so I returned home to research the child's pain with my adult eyes.
The result is Family: photographs of three generations of women, my mother, sisters, and nieces. This body of work is conceived of my search for answers and introduces the feminine voice that I would carry forth throughout my work.