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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.

Woman with flipped forelock of hair, Mine Okubo, observes bachelors socializing outside of barracks 14 in her district of the Tanforan Assembly Center, California during World War II. Dressed in cross-patterned top, Mine stands in profile at far left, facing right. In foreground, the head and shoulder of a man in coat faces the viewer next to a woman who faces a way from viewer. At midground two men stand talking beside clotheslines at left while two other men stand beneath it talking to four men seated on a bench against a barracks. A mattress and some clothing hang on clothesline. Another barracks is visible at top right corner.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 60. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 60. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 60.

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 65 of book.

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