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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, walks past three women bathing in shower stalls at Tanforan Assembly Center, California during World War II. Mine walks in foreground left in a bathrobe with a towel over her proper left arm. Woman wearing spectacles and showercap washes her back with a towel at far left. Nude woman wearing a bandanna in center steps from her geta into a pan of water, while third woman sits on a barrel with her back to viewer as she washes her neck. Pair of geta sit at base of barrel.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 71. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 71. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 71.

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 76 of book.

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