Portfolio > E.O. 9066

Sweet Bird
wood, ink, paint
14" x 13" x 3"
2013
Hinamatsuri

Photo Credit:  David Harrison
wood, tarpaper, glass, and 1940's era doll
24"h x 30" w x 2
2011
$5000
Furusato

Photo Credit: Kevin Miyazaki
wood, ink, cloth
33"h x 47w" x 1.5" d
2012
$6000
Land of the Free

Photo Credit: David Harrison
fir, pine, ink, and branches
6"h x 120"w x 6"d
2011
$10000
A Question of Loyalty

photo credit:  Dean Powell Photography
Ash, Image transfers
45" w x 8" h x 6" d
2010
A Question of Loyalty
Ash, Image transfers
45" w x 8" h x 6" d
2010
A Question of Loyalty (detail)
Ash, Image transfers
45" w x 8" h x 6" d
2010
A Question of Loyalty
Ash, Image transfers
45" w x 8" h x 6" d
2010
"Fractured"
Elm, tar paper, nails
48" w x 6" h x 8" d
2010
$6000
"Manzanar"
pau ferro, fir, image transfers, encaustic, wire
48" w x 6" h x 6" d
2009
"The Watchtower"
sitka spruce, pine, image transfers, rice bowls, glass, paper
35" x 15" x 6"
2008
Poston
douglas fir, barbed wire, paper, tar paper
2008
Poston
2008
Poston
2008
"ID"
sitka spruce, image transfers, paper
38" x 12" x 6"
2008
"ID"
2008
"ID"
2008
"Jichan"
image transfers, encaustic
48" x 48" x 3"
2008
"You're a Sap, Mr. Jap"
tar paper, video
48" x 48" x 3"
2008
$8000
"You're a Sap, Mr. Jap"
tar paper, video
48" x 48" x 3"
2008
The Tag Project
detail
paper, string, ink
2012

In an atmosphere of World War II hysteria, President Roosevelt, encouraged by officials at all levels of the federal government, authorized the internment of tens of thousands of American citizens of Japanese ancestry and resident aliens from Japan. Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066, dated February 19, 1942, gave the military broad powers to ban any citizen from a fifty- to sixty-mile-wide coastal area stretching from Washington state to California and extending inland into southern Arizona. The order also authorized transporting these citizens to assembly centers hastily set up and governed by the military in California, Arizona, Washington state, and Oregon.

My first visual experience of this event was intially through the images of documentary photographers Dorothea Lange and Toyo Miyatake. My family was directly affected by the evacuation: but little was mentioned of this by my mother, or grandparents. This chapter in my family history was heavily veiled: because of this, I avoided any association with this connection: partially out of suppressed anger, partially out of just wanting to move forward.

I was awarded an artist-in-residency opportunity at SUNY Purchase in Fall 2008 - and decided to immerse myself in research and investigation of Executive Order 9066 and its effect on the Japanese American psyche as I know it now. This is just the beginning and it is a point of departure.