Canadian artists help Japan the only way they know how
When Japan was hit with one of its most devastating earthquakes on March 11, Linda Nakanishi wanted to make sure nobody would forget about it.
The digital artist and painter hopes to make a lasting impression on Canadians by organizing next month’s To Japan with Love art show, a fundraising exhibition of posters by 13 Canadian artists, created to support residents from Japan’s northeastern coast who are still struggling with the aftermath of the high-magnitude quake and the tsunami that followed. (Proceeds from the sales will be donated to the Canadian Red Cross.)
“What happened in Japan isn’t necessarily going to stop once the media stops reporting about it,” Nakanishi says. The Japanese-Canadian artist says it will probably take more than five years to fix the quake’s damage. “Before, horrible images were being shown on these news stations. It’s hard not to have compassion for people in Japan, but very quickly you shift to whatever else is current.”