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Okubo, Mine

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H: 9.75 in, W: 14.5 in

United States, 1942-1944


Gift of Mine Okubo Estate


1 drawing on paper : ink ; image 9.75 x 14.5 in.

A woman with a flipped forelock of hair, Mine Okubo, stands with her hands on her hips, facing the viewer while looking to her right at two women who are wearing the identical, catalog-ordered, cross-patterned shirt and pleated skirt as she. The woman next to her carries a cloth bag containing knitting needles; the woman in front of her, center foreground, is older and wears eyeglasses. Two men are passing behind them; one turns to look at the trio. Barracks and a utility pole are visible in the background.

Signed at bottom left corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 145. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 145. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 145.

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 153 of book.

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