Your Name is Safe, You Can Rest Now is a letter to my great-uncle Rikio who died in WWII explaining the impact that his death had on our family for generations. Every household in my family had this photograph of his funeral on their butsudan, a Buddhist altar. Rikio fought in the US Army Infantry 442nd Regiment which consisted almost entirely of second-generation Japanese Americans, and holds the record of being the most highly decorated unit in US Military History. While Rikio and others in Hawaii fought for the US, our family members on the mainland were held in internment camps. Rikio was the youngest of my grandmother’s siblings, and was killed in action in 1944 at the age of 20.
Panorama structure variation, Inkjet on Niyodo and Epson photo paper, elephant hide paper and Canson colorlines non-adhesive removable cover, typeset in Diotima
paper, digital ink, ink
About the artist:
Lives in San Antonio, Texas, United States
Keri Miki-Lani Schroeder earned an MFA in Book Art and Creative Writing from Mills College and holds a BA in Art History and German. She was the studio assistant for Julie Chen of Flying Fish Press for four years, and currently works at BookLab II in San Marcos, Texas. Keri creates limited-edition books and prints under the imprint of Coyote Bones Press. She also teaches workshops, and hosts a book art podcast called Books in the Wild.