My work is a creative exposition about my identity. The catalysts that come into play can be as varied as my family history, my experiences living with type 1 diabetes, my Shawnee native American heritage, or a recently found photograph of a family member. Each of my images is a done in a journalistic mode to document and distill events and experiences during my life that have deep emotional resonances. It is an ongoing process of change and revelation, due in large part to early deaths of important family members, and the mystery of that lack of history. I am trying to understand different philosophies of identity while trying to write my own history. I particularly enjoy the ancient Greek notion of nostalgia (Nostos Álgos) “ the pain from an old wound” or “a painful homesickness”, it conotates this intriguing combination of sentimentality and pain. My work is deeply personal, but I hope that by focusing on myself, by exposing my narratives, I invite others to reflect on what shapes them.