Two years after my father died, I felt a compelling need to honor my parents’ roles and relationship during World War II. The resulting installation, Journey, allowed me to elevate such objects as his Army jacket, his daily letters to my mother from Europe and photos from that period to revered positions of visual and conceptual esteem. My struggle to understand my father’s, my mother’s and a whole generation’s past was mitigated through the process of creating a space that spoke of the weighted symbolism of objects and places in history. An audio tape my dad had made of his memories of this tragic, poignant period, along with all the letters my mother had saved, were devices for telling a story. Likewise, photos, including one taken of him and another soldier by Margaret Bourke-White at Buchenwald concentration camp, provided a visual record for me to respond to in the form of wall drawings, paintings and collage. I synthesized this plethora of information into a vision of how art, history and memory can merge within an immersive environment.

Journey, jacket, 2003, mixed media