Shula Singer Arbel’s Love Hope Memory series uses her family’s photo albums as inspiration. Her faceless figures embody a sense of loss, nostalgia and history–from her early childhood in Israel, to her family’s immigration to the U.S., to growing up in Los Angeles in the 60’s. The distinct characteristics of each figure are distributed across the body—in the crook of an arm, the tilt of the head, the placement of a hand, a gesture, a hairstyle, a garment. The viewer is provided an opportunity to fill in their own narrative and to project their own memories and histories onto the figures. Thus, the paintings tell not only Arbel’s family’s story but a larger, human story. By removing the facial details, Arbel transports her personal history into a shared experience. These figures represent a universal connection of memory, nostalgia and family.