Family of Men
Family of Men was conceived out of a need to reclaim the sense of family that I lost during childhood. My father suffered from bipolar disease; it fractured our family which would never regain its sense of wholeness. Family of Men is an attempt to learn about my family of the past to better understand my family of the present.
I grew up without much of a male presence in my life. My father, though living at home, was absent from my life. Both of my grandfathers died before I was born. My two uncles lived far away. I was surrounded by mostly women — a mother, two sisters, and two grandmothers.
There was little talk of the past generations of men in our family, and what was said was usually not positive. The few family stories about my grandfathers had alcohol as the leading character.