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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, looks at the long line of visitors waiting to come in to visit friends at Tanforan Assembly Center, California during World War II. The head and shoulders of Mine and three others are visible in the foreground, bottom left corner. There is a row of trucks and automobiles inside a long fence that bisects image diagonally at midground. Figures of six people enter the grounds near a small building near the gate guarded by an armed soldier. Visitors stand on other side of fence, one person waves, along a road traveled by cars.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 74. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 74. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 74.

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 79 of book.

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