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"Justice for All"
"Justice for All"

By HIRO, 1987.

"Emotions of incarceration are expressed through the artist's brushstrokes, people caught in barbed wire, imprisoned without due process of law, denied their constitutional rights, forced into concentration camps with armed military police atop guard towers, rifles pointing into the camps aimed at Japanese American civilians. Bold white brushstrokes painted over the barbed wire fencing symbolize cleansing, deliverance, and renewal."

Painting, triptych, acrylic on silk
28" H x 53 1/2" W (framed)
This triptych was conceived and painted after the arist visited the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History exhibition, 'A More Perfect Union: Japanese Americans and the United States Constitution.'
"I wanted to express visually this experience in terms of the emotions of the peoples interned as reflected back over this forty-five year period," HIRO writes. The artist recalled using bold brushstrokes to vent feelings of helplesness and fear, and to depict the harsh realities of life in prison. She chose grey and black to show the devastation of prejudice and oppression, while green symbolizes rejuvenation and white the strength of renewed human rights and freedoms, of redress and beyond in 1992.

HIRO, of Alexandria, VA, is a visual and performance artist who synthesizes her American experience with her Japanese cultural heritage to create works based on East-West cross-cultural themes and issues of cultural diversity, civil rights, and justice. She is a curator of Asian Pacific American/cultural diversity exhibitions and conducts Creativity Painting workshops that focus on cultural heritage, identity topics, and civil rights/justice issues.
The most personal and heartfelt of HIRO's art are the two major paintings in the exhibition, 'A More Perfect Union': 'SADA Memories: Thoughts on Justice,' and 'Justice for All.' These works form the base for the series of 35 paintings, installations, and stage performances entitled 'Kimono and Barbed Wire: Breaking Barriers,' which have been exhibited nationally and internationally.
Courtesy of HIRO