In my work, I revisit pivotal themes of my past, my family history and some of the circumstances that brought me to leave a comfortable life and start anew in a different country with nothing but a suitcase full of clothes. This work also pays homage to my ancestors, my heritage and to the resilience of the human spirit.
Collaging together my past, I tell my story recreated from memory and from my old journals. This is a visual diary, portraying pain, fear, dreams, secrets and open ended questions. In making this series, I have found renewed strength through the healing power of the arts and come to terms with my past.
To create this work, I used old family photos, images of sentimental possessions, writings from my journals, symbolic objects and images of women of different ages who represent my journey through life.
Boston . Metrowest . Massachusetts . All images © 2000-2017 Claudia Gustafson Photography