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Okubo, Mine

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H: 9.25 in, W: 13 in
mat board

United States, 1942-1944


Gift of Mine Okubo Estate


1 drawing on paper : ink ; image 9.25 x 13 in., matted 16 x 20 in.

A woman with flipped forelock of hair, Mine Okubo, sits at a desk inside her living quarters, a converted horse stall, drawing, as two men doze, outside on the porch. They are covered with horseflies that arrive with the warm weather and accompanying smell of manure. Sleeping man in checkered cap sits on floor of the porch to the left of open doorway, while a shirtless man in eyeglasses nods off on a chair below stall marker "50" to right of doorway. Mine is visible behind partially drawn curtain.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 102. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 102. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 102.

Drawings for the book, Citizen 13660, began as sketches and drawings created by Okubo while incarcerated at Tanforan and Topaz to tell faithful friends about camp life and were intended for exhibition purposes. Drawing is on page 106 of book.

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