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 another country with nothing but a suitcase full of clothes.
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.
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.
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