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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 filpped forelock of hair, Mine Okubo, covers her mouth and hair as she walks with a small group of people through the windy and dusty Tanforan Assembly Center, California during World War II. Dressed in a speckled jacket and black pants, Mine covers her mouth with a handkerchief and her hair with her proper right hand as she walks left, bending in the wind. A mustached man in a belted jacket holds onto his hat as he walks at right. The head and shoulders of a tired woman and child and a woman covering her nose and mouth are visible in foreground left. Smaller figures of a man walking with folded arms, a man chasing his hat, and a woman covering her mouth in background right. A fence spans the horizon.

Signed at bottom left corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 51. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 51. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 51.

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 56 of book.

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