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Okubo, Mine

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H: 9.25 in, W: 13 in
mat board

United States, 1942-1944


Gift of Mine Okubo Estate


1 drawing on paper : ink ; image 9.25 x 13 in., matted 16 x 20 in.

A woman with flipped forelock of hair, Mine Okubo, fixes up living quarters, a former horse stall, with her brother, Benji, at Tanforan Assembly Center, California during World War II. Dressed in a cross-patterned top and jeans, Mine leans proper left knee on plank as she saws it over a crate at left. Benji sits with back to viewer as he hammers a nail into wall, background center. Pieces of lumber litter the floor alongside benches topped with loose nails in foreground right. Empty shelf below window that flanks open doorway, background,right.

Signed at bottom left corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 46. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 46. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 46.

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 51 of book.

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