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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 flipped forelock of hair, Mine Okubo, sits with her arms crossed as her food cooks over a hotplate while her neighbor adds another light to their overhead light at Tanforan Assembly Center, California during World War II. The image is bisected into two rooms by end of a wooden wall, Mine's on the left and the neighboring family of three on the right. Dressed in plaid shirt, Mine sits on a wooden stool next to a pot cooking on a hotplate plugged into her overhead light. A mustached man stands with lightbulbs in hand as the coffeepot percolates on a hotplate on table. Woman breastfeeds an infant in foreground, right.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 62. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 62. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 62.

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 67 of book.

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