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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, paints at a desk while swarms of mosquitos fly towards her through the open window. Her canvas is propped on two stacked books. A jar of water holding a brush sits to her right and a lamp hangs overhead. Mine turns from her work to face the viewer. Six canvases lean against the wall under the window and an abstract print hangs on the wall. A partial view of a bed is visible in the foreground.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom left corner: 181. Written in pencil and circled, bottom left corner: 181. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 181.

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 190 of book.

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