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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.

Woman with flipped forelock of hair, Mine Okubo, waves to someone as she walks amongst other passengers during a short half-hour stop in the northern Nevada desert in a barbed-wire enclosed area between train tracks guarded by military police (MP) on the train ride from Tanforan Assembly Center in California headed to the "Central Utah Relocation Center," a concentration camp in Topaz, Utah during World War II. Dressed in cross-patterned top, Mine stands with back to viewer raising her proper right arm as a soldier stands right behind her with his rifle over his shoulder in foreground left. A barbed wire fence spans the foreground while a train runs on parallel tracks in background; another MP stands with rifle butt on ground. at far right facing inmates scattered across midground. A woman raises her arm in the distance under a utility pole.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 113. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 113. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 113.

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 119 of book.

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