Detained – Denied - Displaced
My practise explores meditative hand stitching/mark making, these marks accumulate, building the
story, responding to the images and history of the Japanese Canadian Internment Camps during WWII.
Diaspora was forced upon the Japanese people living on coastal British Columbia, moved inland to a
cold unfamiliar place they formed a community and survived.
This installation is a result of my reading, viewing photographs, personal interviews with survivors and
travels to the Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre National Historic Site of Canada, located in New
Using an everyday object an old wool blanket references the intimate relationship we all share, the need
for warmth, comfort; tanned moose hide backing reminds me of the strength and adaptability of these
brave, strong people. Each mark represents over 20,000 displaced, families separated, mothers lost, and
possessions gone. Through this work my aim is to address through stitches the separation, even though
this work speaks no words, we can hear them.
Detained – Denied - Displaced 1
Detained – Denied - Displaced 2
SAQA Stories of Migration
Contemporary Artists Interpret Diaspora
Detained Denied Displaced was one of 36 works juried into the international exhibition.
The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, April – September 2016