EXECUTIVE ORDER 9066

EXECUTIVE ORDER 9066. Watercolor painting by WoodyHansen
Title: EXECUTIVE ORDER 9066 – Original watercolor by Woody Hansen, 15″ x 22″
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For the past several years I’ve had the pleasure of participating  in the late Henry Fukuhara’s (4/25/19-1/31/10) Manzanar Outdoor Watercolor Workshops. One of the on-site locations is, of corse, the site of the Manzanar Relocation Center, located in California, on the eastern side of the Sierra Mountain range, between the cities of Lone Pine, to the South, and Independence, to the North.

MANZANAR

As the reader may know, Manzanar was created on the basis of Executive Order 9066. It was not one of America’s brightest days. Today, Manzanar is part of our National Park System and stands as a reminder of how easily our rights as American citizens can be threatened…and publicly accepted, with little question.

EXECUTIVE ORDER 9066

Executive Order 9066, occurred in 1942. This was as a result of World War II, and during President  Franklin D. Roosevelt’s administration. The order authorized the internment of Americans of Japanese, Italian, and German ancestry.

At 31 years of age, Henry Fukuhara and his family were among American citizens who were interned at Manzanar, one of many similar camps throughout the United States.

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I’m sure the reader can recall the phrase, History tends to repeat itself. Or, as philosopher Santayana noted, Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

THE PAINTING PROCESS

So, while at Henry’s Fukuhara’s18th Workshop, May 14-18, 2015, I painted three, half sheet watercolors, of which,  Executive Order 9066 is, to me  the most meaningful of the three.

The creation of the painting Executive Order 9066, doesn’t come easy. Truthfully, it is a struggle. I do eleven preliminary sketches/value plans before setting brush to paper. Prior to that the idea mentally incubates for the most part of two days and nights. Once the basic theme is determined, the problem becomes one of how to present the idea in an abstract manner.

The original concept is to place the phrase, Don’t Tread On Me, on one of the flag’s white stripes. Eventually, I realize this preconceived idea is distracting, taking precedence over compositional considerations, such as the small, white “9066” shape.

So, once the many red and white stripes are changed into one, big, bold earth colored rock-like shape I am on my way. I want the small, white, rectangular area simple and stark in contrast to the bigger, darker rock shape. I finally realize that by placing that same shape against several red and white stripes causes unwanted visual conflict.

I purposely elect not to add the term Executive Order, anywhere on the painting. I want “9066” to stand alone, to contrast against the rest of the painting. For those who know, “9066,” does it. For those who do not know, it would be in their best interest to do some research on the subject.

Perhaps the strength of this painting is that it leaves room for the viewer’s personal interpretation and reflection.  What does Executive Order 9066 have in common with the events of 1776? Furthermore, do those events have any relevance in the year 2015 and beyond? I think so.

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2 thoughts on “EXECUTIVE ORDER 9066

  1. Hi Woody,

    Every day in the news, whether on TV or on the Web, we are treated to the fact that the Government is no longer “…of the people, by the people, and for the people.” History not only repeats itself, it is inevitable. If we look at our closest model, Rome, we are following it down the path of destruction, and frankly, I don’t think we’ll last the same 400 years at the rate we are going now. The only mistake Thomas Jefferson made was that he forgot one single period. The Constitution should have read, “Congress shall pass no laws.”, with the period right there after the word “laws.” Without the consent of the people, our Government is doing much worse than simply relocating citizens to a camp (though that was inexcusable to do to Americans), they are making slaves of us all to their will and power. I don’t have a party affiliation, but I will say that since the end of the Civil War, the National Democratic Party, the party of the South, the party of slavery, who vowed that “the South will rise again!” has done everything in its power to shackle the American public with some form of Government restrictions, all in the name of “helping the people.” They are helping alright. They are placing us all in chains, link by link. If Manzanar was that easy to accomplish, just think about what else has been done without our permission.

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