In my project Family Secrets, I combined my life-long passion for miniatures with the painful memories of my childhood. My constructed tableaus reflect various events from my childhood that took place in my home in Yonkers, New York from 1952-1970. As an adult, I realized that my need to collect miniatures gave me some sense of control over the chaotic and turbulent atmosphere I was raised in as a child. I am the youngest child of 3 older brothers and one older sister, and by the time I was born my parent’s hatred for each other was overwhelming. I witnessed intense fighting, hatred, anger, alcoholism, verbal and mental abuse along with molestation at a very young age…all of these were of course our ‘FAMILY SECRETS’.