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Okubo, Mine

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H: 9.25 in, W: 13 in
mat board

United States, 1942-1945


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, tries to sleep on suitcase and train seat next to her brother, Benji, as they travel with other restless, exhausted inmates on their second night of the train ride from Tanforan Assembly Center in California to the "Central Utah Relocation Center," a concentration camp in Topaz, Utah during World War II. Dressed in cross-patterned top, Mine curls up with arms crossed and hands over her face, half on seat and half on suitcase, facing the viewer in foreground. Her brother leans back in seat with hands behind his head. Two old men wearing eyeglasses sit in the seat in front of them at left. Across the aisle, a man sits with his chin in hand while the man next to him sleeps.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 114. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 114. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 114.

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 120 of book.

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