Peace's New Century
Artists: Betsie Miller-Kusz, Masaru Tanaka
“Peace’s New Century” project is a computer collage collaboration between San Francisco-based painter Betsie Miller-Kusz and Hiroshima-based photographer and contemporary artist Masaru Tanaka. When they met, the two artists felt a responsibility to work together on a creative collaboration of peace because of their fathers’ personal experiences of the war: Betsie’s father was assigned to work on the Manhattan Project in 1945; Masaru’s father was an atomic bomb survivor in Hiroshima. They called their project “Peace’s New Century” to show how peace can be created through art, transcending differences in the present to overcome the terrible history of the past. The result of the collaboration is a series of prints that combine Masaru’s photographs of skies, fields, and other natural landscapes with Betsie’s painted images of “peace protectors” among those landscapes.