Relative Strangers

4 elements each h 178 cm x w 99 cm (70” x 39”), total size h 178 x w 427 cm
(70” x 168”)
Textile construction with silkscreen printing of photographs
Silk cloth, Tyvek (envelope paper)

The four ancestors represented were born in Japan, Lithuania, Scotland and Ukraine. This piece allows them to “meet” each other for the first time (although two did actually meet). The ghostly images are supplemented by faint representations of elements from their lives – pages from the family record, prayer shawls and DNA sequences, also reflecting my connection to them.