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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 flipped forelock of hair, Mine Okubo, observes people passing time in a mess hall even when no meal was being served at Tanforan Assembly Center, California during World War II. Back to the viewer, Mine stands with her hands clasped behind her back in foreground right; a man wearing a cap sits at table in front of her. One man listens to music on the radio with his chin in hand on a folded park bench at midground; a couple sits facing away from him and the viewer on other side of table. Three other people sit at tables in the background. A cook in chefs hat and apron talks to another man and woman at a counter at top left. Clusters of cups and condiments sit on tabletops.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 85. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 85 Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 85.

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 90 of book

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