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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, watches with four other people the construction of a fence near the back gate of railroad siding in Tanforan Assembly Center, California during World War II. Mine appears in profile behind three other people, bottom right, while the head and shoulders of another man in a hat is visible at bottom left corner. Figures of two men, one installing a post and another digging with a shovel, appear to the left next to rolled chicken wire and planks. Another figure walks with a bucket toward women's toilet. Row of barracks and other buildings in background; man in watchtower at top left.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 104. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 104. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 104.

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 109 of book.

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