My father died when I was nine. There was only my mother, my brother and myself in our household and I was alienated from them growing up. Our family was too small. For that, I always loved being with extended family and having lots of friends around us. As I get older, the bigger my family becomes, literally and figuratively. There is always room for more family. No matter who you are, within reason, you can be my family. These family artworks are not just about MY family. It is also an idea of what family is.
Just to set the record straight, even though we all live far away from each other, my immediate relationships have been sorted out and I love my mother and brother very much and wish I could live closer to them.