Artifacts of Loss: Crafting Survival in Japanese American Concentration Camps

Artifacts of Loss: Crafting Survival in Japanese American Concentration Camps

by Jane E. Dusselier
     
 


In Artifacts of Loss, Jane E. Dusselier looks at the lives of these internees through the lens of their art. These camp-made creations included flowers made with tissue paper and shells, wood carvings of pets left behind, furniture made from discarded apple crates, gardens grown next to their housingùanything to help alleviate the visual deprivation and… See more details below

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In Artifacts of Loss, Jane E. Dusselier looks at the lives of these internees through the lens of their art. These camp-made creations included flowers made with tissue paper and shells, wood carvings of pets left behind, furniture made from discarded apple crates, gardens grown next to their housingùanything to help alleviate the visual deprivation and isolation caused by their circumstances. Their crafts were also central in sustaining, re-forming, and inspiring new relationships. Creating, exhibiting, consuming, living with, and thinking about art became embedded in the everyday patterns of camp life and helped provide internees with sustenance for mental, emotional, and psychic survival.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813544083
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
12/01/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
218
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author


Jane E. Dusselier is an assistant professor of anthropology and Asian American studies at Iowa State University. Her previously published works include Does Food Make Place? Food Protests in Japanese American Concentration Camps.

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