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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 flipped forelock of hair, Mine Okubo, lies in bed under a U.S. Army blanket looking at the two mice looking at her from the foot of her bed at Tanforan Assembly Center, California during World War II. Mine's head rests on a pillow at top left as she clutches the top of her blanket with her legs bent underneath the covers. The two mice sit on railing of spring cot at right. A box is directly under foot of bed; a pair of shoes rest on the floor in foreground; bedside table at bottom left. Spider sits in web at top right.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 63. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 63. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 63.

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 68 of book.

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