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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 with a flipped forelock of hair and cross-patterned shirt, Mine Okubo, stands in profile in the right foreground observing a plumbing crew dig up and replace the camp's water and sewage system. A workman in a striped shirt and cap, holds a wrench while standing over a pipe. He and two other men turn to look at a leak that has sprung on the worksite. Tall mounds of dirt surround them. A shovel, pickax and pair of tall boots lie in the midground. A kerosene lantern sits on a mound in the foreground. Barracks are visible in the background.

Signed at bottom left corner: Mine. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 189. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 189.

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 198 of book.

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