Check out Paul Akira Miyamoto's solo exhibition of work!
In place of an on-site gallery reception, Lake George Arts Project will host a Live Online Talk with Paul Akira Miyamoto on Tuesday, May 4th, 7 pm. A direct link to the discussion will be here on the day of the event.
Miyamoto’s grandparents came to the United States from Kumamoto, Japan, and worked as itinerant farmers throughout the central coast of California and the desert of the Imperial Valley. During WWII they, along with Paul’s parents and oldest sibling, were sent to Poston Camp in Arizona. The internment of naturalized citizens as well as Americans of Japanese descent, from 1941 to 1946, informs much of Paul’s work of late. The figures in his paintings recall the Issei, a term used for first generation Japanese Americans who emigrated from Japan, but were not eligible for U.S. citizenship. The distilled forms of field workers, often placed in landscapes drawn from his own memory, portray the strength and endurance of past family members, but could easily represent present-day immigrant farmworkers.
He says: “My paintings reflect a relationship to the geography of my past and the silent rage and emotional shame that earlier generations were never able to express. The mountains illustrate the barriers to independence, the furrows signify the possibility of regeneration, and the clear, expansive skies invite hope for the future.”
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