We all belong to a family, a structure bigger than ourselves. What is our own unique role in that structure? How do we belong to the family, to the pattern, and at the same time still express our own individuality as a part of such structure?

I use the concept of the genogram as an emotional family map to explore these questions. Genograms are pictorial family trees commonly used in psychology, social work, genetics and education to describe symbolically hereditary and emotional patterns that embody the human experience. Genograms are thus fingerprints of the emotional structure and history of a family, and each individual within it. Each family genogram has therefore its own unique pattern built upon the most basic human relationships.

Born and raised in Argentina, Sandra Mayo studied education in Jerusalem, Israel, and Boston, where she lives now. While working in education for twenty years she has been constantly exploring and practicing different forms of visual arts for most of her adult life.  Now fully dedicated to art, she adopted, among other media, printmaking and collage as her main forms of expression. Her art attempts to express visually the profound psychological experiences imprinted in human relationships. Recent shows include the MGNE Fourth National Exhibition, and also in the Chandler Gallery, Montserrat School of Art, and Concord Art Association.  Her work also appears in various publications and is in private and corporate collections.