For the Sacred Memories 2014 group exhibition, an installation of our Comfort Women painting, watched over by Dokkebi monsters painted by the general public at Perform Chinatown. This altar was placed on the wall, and public participants helped paint 2 long “table runner” scrolls, with new monsters and messages for our girl.

Thanks to Pat Mace and Anna Sequieros for coming out and painting beautiful monsters!

In conjunction with the Pico House, El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, and curator Bebe Jacobs.

Photos of this event on Flickr here!

Artists Statement:

“Comfort Women” is a euphemism for the 100,000 to 200,000 women and girls swept away from their homes and forced into service for the Japanese military during World War II.  Many women were from Korea, and others from China, the Philippines, and other Japanese-occupied territories.

This collaborative work by Korean-American artist Young Summers and Japanese-American artist Ann Zumwinkle is inspired by the poignant “Comfort Women” memorial sculpture, a life-size girl sitting beside an empty chair, designed by Korean artists Kim Woon-seong and Kim Seo-gyeong. Editions of the sculpture are installed in Seoul, South Korea, Glendale, California, and other cities around the world, and have become both political magnets for history revisionists who vocally oppose the sculptures’ installations, and emotional emissaries that convey an agonizing narrative of inhumanity.