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Memories of Childhood
  • Roger Shimomura, artist
    born 1939
    born: Seattle, Washington, United States ; active: United States
    Michael Sims, printer
    born 1944
    born: Wilmington, Delaware, United States
    Linda Samson-Talleur, letterpress printer
    born 1953
    active: United States
    Steinbaum Krause Gallery, publisher
    Lawrence Lithography Workshop, publisher
    active 2001–present
  • Memories of Childhood, 1999
  • Where object was made: United States
  • color lithograph
  • Paper Type: Lithographs on Somerset wove, typesett
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 180 x 255 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 7 1/16 x 10 1/16 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 254 x 307 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 10 x 12 1/16 in
  • Museum purchase: Lucy Shaw Schultz Fund
  • Not on display
  • 2002.0045.z
Label Text

Exhibition Label:
"Conflicting Memories," Oct-2003, Steve Goddard
Memories of Childhood, Roger Shimomura’s book of lithographed images and letterpress quotes, portrays his experiences while interned in Camp Minidoka, Idaho. Shimomura spent nearly three years as a young child with his paternal grandmother and parents as his three uncles fought in World War II for the United States. Inspired by his grandmother’s diaries, Shimomura represents the small human details of daily life within the context of the internment camp. Birthday cake and barbed wire, an uncle leaving camp with an American flag in hand, a moment of conversation with another child across a boundary of confinement - express intimate memories in a distanced pop-art style. Through transparent overlays, individual memory is placed in high relief against a backdrop of collective memory and national policy.