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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, looks out the window of a bus at Central Utah Relocation Center, also known as Topaz, arriving from Tanforan Assembly Center, California during World War II. Cutaway view of bus interior; the diagonal curve of the bus separates Mine, who sits in front of a boy and man and an older couple from the scene of piles of dirt patrolled by a soldier with a rifle at midground and cars driving down roads to rows of barracks in the background. There is a sentry at a guardhouse near entrance at top left corner. Wind blows at midground.

Seventeen miles of barren desert and suddenly Topaz Relocation Center lay stretched before us in a cloud of dust. It was a desolate scene. Hundreds of low black tar-covered barracks were lined up row after row. A few telephone poles stood like sentinels, and soldiers could be seen patrolling the grounds.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 116. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 116. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 116.

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 122 of book.

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