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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, stands among other women waiting for a space at troughs that served as wash basins in washrooms at Tanforan Assembly Center, California during World War II. Mine stands amongst five other women in foreground; one holds a bowl with towel at far right, while another faces the viewer in center; the other women stand with backs to viewer. Women brush their teeth and wash their faces at trough that bends around corner under signs, "Do not wash dishes" and "Do not laundry.". One mother washes a child's face.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 66. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 66. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 66.

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 71 of book.

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