Story Graph Family Portrait
April 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, memorial event 
and June, 2007 Concourse Gallery, Minneapolis College of Art
and Design

The Story Portraits combine photographic images with written narrative fragments excerpted from interviews with the subject. The pieces of the story are arranged so as to graph the subject’s shifting emotions, from high/ecstatic to low/desperate. I add redrawn graphic icons to underline and universalize these emotions. In this way I have told stories of people living with breast cancer, growing up with parents who survived the Holocaust, and healing from a family member’s suicide. The suicide story has been exhibited for the last 4 years at the annual Suicide Awareness Voices of Education family memorial event.

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