In this age of globalization, as nationalistic character traits have dissolved into a homogenous multiculturalism, I found myself struggling with a profound loss of identity. Feeling disconnected from my ancestors and heritage, yet sensing their presence within my cultural memory, I went on a journey to bridge the gap between my past and present in order to discover what vanished from a generation whose customs have been obscured in the process of cultural integration.
By researching my family history, making many trips to my parent's home in upstate New York to go through old photographs, letters and journals, I began to piece together the threads that made up the tapestry of my lineage. Speaking at great lengths with my parents, having them recreate the details of their memories, while reading books on the countries of my heritage - Italy, Lebanon and England, revealed and reaffirmed what little I had known about my past. As a byproduct of this process, I began to feel a much stronger sense of identity, and more than ever, believed my story transcended a deeply personal one, and spoke to a larger experience of our time. With the number three playing a significant role: my three different nationalities, as well as the triad of past/present/future, the story is told with three panels simultaneously in conversation with one another. The piece is an effort tot give visual form to a sense of loss and discovery, and ultimately stimulate viewers to contemplate their own obscured pasts.