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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, pushes her way into crowd in canteen at Tanforan Assembly Center, California during World War II. Dressed in cross-patterned shirt, Mine tries to get to the counter while another woman's hand is in her face. In the foreground a woman carries a child, left and a balding man stands among children at right. Men and women push their way toward the counter at the back where two men wait on people. Shelves are stocked behind them.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 80. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 80. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 80.

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 85 of book.

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