“Jichan means ‘grandfather’ in Japanese. The photograph is actually a rendition of a Dorothea Lange photograph that was taken in 1942, when Executive Order 9066 was implemented by President Roosevelt. The photo has been blown up, and cut up into pieces, and then applied to wood.” – Maruyama
From the Executive Order 9066 series.
This year marks the 75th year since this order was carried out.
“Wendy Maruyama is a local artist and educator internationally famed for her furniture making. Maruyama’s work is in the permanent collections of prestigious institutions such as London’s Victoria & Albert Museum and San Diego’s own Mingei, but it was her break from furniture making in the Executive Order 9066 series which struck me deeply. In this series, which has been exhibited around the country this year in recognition of the 75th anniversary of Japanese Americans being sent to incarceration camps during WWII, Maruyama bears witness to a dark chapter in our country’s history through a humanistic lens.” – Emily Knapp, Artist Liaison & Sales