Both kinds of kinship, 2005, Ink and Acrylic on Duralar, 29″ x 58 1/2″

I studied Anthropology in college, and we made charts of kinship networks to understand the structure of social organization. “Both kinds of kinship,” maps my social world based on people I think about. I placed myself as a hub in the center, and searched my memory for the people I am related to by consanguinity (blood relatives-central cluster) and the people I am related to by affinity (friends on the West Coast branch to the left, and to the right are friends in the Eastern U.S. and in Europe.)