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Okubo, Mine

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H: 9.25 in, W: 13 in

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 a flipped forelock of hair, Mine Okubo sits on the roof of a building at the Tanforan Assembly Center. Mine, in the center foreground with her back to the viewer, observes the activities of the residents below: two women converse, another hangs laundry, children play. Cultivated fields lie in the background beyond the barbed wire fence surrounding the center. A manned guard tower lies on the eastern perimeter next to a streetcar line, which runs parallel to the center. Utility poles line the tracks and a street car is visible in the background.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 76. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 76. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 76.

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 81 of book.

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