Original images courtesy of the Library of Congress and the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, with permission.
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As a storyteller, my goal is to create thought-provoking narratives to develop a visual dialogue with the viewer. The interpretation of each piece is conceived through the lens of individual experiences, memories, or perspectives. Barely three months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, forcing into internment camps (euphemistically called War Relocation Centers) nearly 120,000 people of Japanese heritage living on the Pacific Coast, of which an estimated two-thirds were U.S. citizens. Their story is an essential part of our diverse American fabric. This piece is dedicated to the almost 30,000 camp internees who were children.
Cotton fabric, procion dyes, textile inks, image transfer materials, fusible web, cotton batting, cotton and rayon threads.
Hand silkscreened images on hand dyed fabric, appliqu�, image transfer; machine pieced and quilted.