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Okubo, Mine

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H: 9.25 in, W: 13 in

United States, 1942-1945


Gift of Mine Okubo Estate


1 drawing on paper : ink ; image 9.25 x 13 in.

A woman in a cross-patterned shirt, Mine Okubo, stands in the foreground of an outdoor scene next to a woman covering her face and holding a rolled sheet of paper. They are attempting to protect themselves from mosquitos that swarm around them. Mosquitos bred in Topaz because of the area's nonabsorbant alkaline soil. A man in the distance is also swarmed by mosquitos. Barracks and one electric pole fill the midground.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 180. Written in pencil and circled, bottom left corner: 180. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 180.

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 189 of book.

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