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Okubo, Mine

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H: 9.75 in, W: 14.5 in

United States, 1942-1945


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, appears in profile in the center foreground of a scene depicting an elderly couple returning from a trip outside the fences to the outer project area to gather items for their garden. The man, wearing a straw hat, patched pants and a workshirt, leans on a cane, and carries a bundle of branches on his back and a bag over his free arm. The woman wearing a head scarf, long sleeve top and skirt, carries a bundle of branches in her arms. Barracks, fences, and electric poles are visible in the distance.

Many went outside the fences to the outer project area to gather vegetation and small stones for their gardens.

Signed at bottom left corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 193. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 193. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 193.

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 203 of book.

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