Creating work on loss, for well over a decade, has given me a unique perspective on compassion and enduring love. I am using the past work and ideas as a springboard to look deeply at what empathy means and what bonds us to one other. The image of the hand has long been associated with empathy and continues to this day. I am inspired by this idea of contemporary and ancient gestures of the hand and find this continuum of the expression of humanity deeply comforting. I am sure these ancient people reflected on themselves and recognized their identity through their hands, just as I reflect on my own. It reminds me that empathy, love, understanding starts with knowing oneself first.