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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 making paper art while her living quarters, a former horse stall, is inspected by the army in Tanforan Assembly Center, California during World War II. Mine appears in profile in the foreground left with a curling paper hat on her head as she holds a sheet of paper and scissors in hand. A military police (MP) officer in uniform stands beside her at right. A toy horse and open bags sit in center of room; drawers are pulled open as man in hat bends down to inspect contents, top left. Drawing of horse on wall at back.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 103. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 103. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 103.

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 108 of book.

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