Stories of Migration
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72 x 72 x 1 inches - photo by Will Datene
During WWII, the Japanese people living in coastal British Columbia were forcibly moved inland to Japanese Canadian internment camps: cold, unfamiliar places where families were separated, mothers were lost, and possessions disappeared. Despite this, these displaced people formed communities and survived.
My practice explores meditative hand stitching/mark making. Each mark represents one of the over 23,000 displaced persons, the pain of separation, and the lives affected. The marks are stitched onto an old wool blanket implying intimate relationships, the need for warmth, and comfort. The tanned moose hide backing reflects the strength and adaptability of these brave, strong people. Though this work speaks no words, we can hear them.
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