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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.

Woman with shoulder-length hair, Mine Okubo, observes a man playing a fue, Japanese flute, as another man tries to sleep in bachelor "dorm" in the racetrack grandstand of the Tanforan Assembly Center, California during World War II. A balding, unshaven man in a striped vest plays the fue at his bed in foreground left; a flowerpot sits on bedside table. Another man lies on his proper left side on a bed covering his ears. Mine, in a cross-patterned top stands behind him at top right. The row of beds extends into the background, where another man sits on his bed reading. Another row of beds runs parallel at top left. Clothing and sheets are hung on ropes strung between the bedposts.

Signed at bottom left corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 59. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 59. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 59.

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 64 of book.

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