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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, observes a car being searched by a soldier before it leaves Tanforan Assembly Center, California during World War II. Visible from the shoulders up in bottom right corner, Mine wears a cross-patterned jacket as she stands behind a gate watching a soldier open the trunk of a stopped vehicle. Another soldier stands in the guardhouse watching the procedure, while a third soldier in overseas cap stands in profile near Mine, foreground left. The car faces right as it waits to exit onto the road running diagonally at top right. A man and a woman holding a child stand near guardhouse. A fence encloses the space.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 52. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 52. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 52.

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 57 of book.

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