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Okubo, Mine

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H: 10 in, W: 14.5 in
mat board

United States, 1942-1944


Gift of Mine Okubo Estate


1 drawing on paper : ink ; image 10 x 14.5 in., matted 16 x 20 in.

A woman with filpped forelock of hair, Mine Okubo, sticks her tongue out at the barrack's house captain who made twice daily checks on other inmates at Tanforan Assembly Center, California during World War II. Dressed in cross-patterned top, Mine sits on bench at table at right, turning to stick out her tongue at a man in a hat and vest holding a pen and paper at left. Wooden walls directly behind them. Mine appears to have been painting as she holds a brush in her proper right hand. Partial view of exterior visible behind man.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 54. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 54. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 54.

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 59 of book.

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