Tetsu Komai, Dec 21st 44, at Gila Camp
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Dec. 21, 1944
Gift of June Hoshida Honma, Sandra Hoshida and Carole Hoshida Kanada
2 drawings on paper (1 sheet) : ink ; 9.5 x 6 in.
Ink portraits of a man, Mr. Tetsu Komai, and unidentified individual at Gila River Relocation Center, Rivers, Arizona on December 21, 1944.
Top portrait of the head of Tetsu Komai in profile. Facing left, Komai is balding with curving lines around back of neck and base of neck.
Bottom portrait of another figure turned away from viewer facing right. Right side of head visible, nose not apparent. Wide lapels. Visible from shoulders up.
Drawing 97.106.2FC on recto of same sheet.
Hoshida was one of the seven to nine hundred Japanese Americans in Hawaii who were incarcerated in Justice Department internment camps. He was acutely aware of the importance of recording his experiences through the pen and ink drawings and watercolors he made during his incarceration in five different locations. While Hoshida did not attempt to make any overt commentary on the interment, his drawings and sketches provide a continuous and detailed account of daily activities and his long journey from Hilo, Hawaii, to the desert of Arizona.
Written in black ink, right: Tetsu Komai / Dec 21st 44 / at Gila Camp.
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