Japanese Americans and the Environment during Internment

Item

Title

Japanese Americans and the Environment during Internment

Description

My grandparents were interned during World War II at Poston and Heart Mountain, so this was a very personal and informative experience for me. I talked to my grandma about creating these pieces, so I hope that the art conveys her memories and her feelings about internment. I wanted to focus on how the harsh, barren environment was both a form of oppression but also a tool for resistance and survival. Despite their grim circumstances and forced removal, Japanese Americans were resilient and found a sense of purpose by transforming the landscape, whether by farming, planting gardens, digging canals, or exploring the outdoors. I used very muted and faded out watercolor to parallel the Japanese American's removed and oppressed lives in camp alongside bolder colors to symbolically represent the prisoners' spirit and perseverance.

Type

Artwork

Subject

ESPM 50 Creative Projects

Creator

Kishi, Alyson

Publisher/Uploader

ESPM 50

Upload Date/Date Issued

2019-05-07T01:06:46Z

Content License

Unknown

Identifier

17FA_6B82C58B

Medium

Watercolor

Extent

Three 9"x12" paintings