Today the number of immigrants is overwhelming many countries’ resources & their capacity to support them. Politically, there is a rise in nationalism due to fear & economic uncertainty. Politicians, especially in the United States & Europe, have used this fear to gain power, fanning the flames of division using fear of “the other.”
My Triptych Sacrifice - For A Better Life & Immigrant series was developed to counter this fear-mongering and create empathy with refugees. No one wants to leave their home & country unless circumstances have forced them to re-evaluate their life & to seek safety or a better way of life. Mass migration is caused by war, famine, natural disasters & economic distress. I am the grand-daughter of a Swedish immigrant & both sides of my family migrated from Sweden. I was raised with immigrants, heard their stories at my grandparents’ parties. Our family had visitors from the “old country” & I still consider myself not too far from that experience.