“To keep silent too long is like letting water stagnate so that it rots.”
--AUGUST STRINDBERG, The Ghost Sonata
This work represents a continuation of my interest in the psychodynamics of the family, as “the aggregate of motivational forces, both conscious and unconscious, that determine human behavior and attitudes.” 
I am interested in the stories that families tell themselves and others about their behaviors and identities, both individually and as a group; and in the contrast between the public and the private face of the family group. I find that the tradition of the telling and re-telling of family stories when groups gather (and the changes made according to the type of audience/group) to be endlessly fascintating. How does the individual's memory of the event change over time? How many secrets are uncovered/discovered as one grows from child to adulthood about the 'real' event that occured? These issues are in continuous flux as memory demonstrates over and again its mercurial nature and as one's perception of self changes over time.
These paintings depict narratives whose imagery is derived from my own family photographs, interwoven with symbolic collage elements (appropriated images from popular culture, religion, books on etiquette, and alchemy) meant to disrupt the main narrative. While the images have their origin in my own fluid family history, my intent is to represent any family whose history contains issues left unaddressed, questions, and/or secrets left untold for whatever reason.
Like a child playing with a doll’s house, I have the power to rearrange things, to alter the figures slightly, move them around the space adn to add or subtract information, as a way of dialoguing with the past and perhaps dispelling the ghosts by asking them to speak once more.
 NOTE: This monologue is reprinted from Plays by August Strindberg, vol. 4. Trans. Edwin Björkman. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1916.
 Definition of psychodynamics, from Dictionary.com