Whilst held in internment camps, many of the internees found ways to pass the time. Some attended classes, such as Karl Muffler (1900-1996) who studied cake decorating. Others painted, sketched, carved wood, made clothes and many, many more things during their time as internees. It is not at all uncommon for internees to create artworks. It has been said that the process of making art aided many of the camp artists to improve the material conditions of their lives.
Below are some examples of internee artwork.
Note: not all artworks shown here were done by CIVILIAN internees.
A water colour painting by Fred Lowen of a guards tower and barbed wire at the Tatura Internment Camps in 1942
Courtesy of State Library of Victoria, http://www.slv.vic.gov.au
Photograph of a wooden tray hand carved by Karl Muffler for his wife Hilde Muffler. Karl created this while interned in Tatura.
Courtesy of Museum Victoria, http://museumvictoria.com.au/
Black and white pencil sketch of some of the huts at the Tatura internment camps. Drawn by Karl Muffler in 1942.
Courtesy of Museum Victoria, http://www.museumvictoria.com.au
Water colour and pencil drawing by internee Fred Lowen at the Tatura Internment Camps. Drawing is dated 17 April 1942
Courtesy of The State Library of Victoria, http://www.slv.vic.gov.au/