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Barracks room

Ishigo, Estelle [ bio ]

Barracks room
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H: 14 in, W: 8 1/2 in

United States, ca. 1942-1945


Japanese American National Museum


2 drawings on paper mounted on 1 sheet : pencil, ink ; 5 x 7.75 in., bottom image 5 x 8 in., paper support 14 x 8.5 in.

Pencil drawing entitled "Barracks room" depicts a woman washing a child in laundry tub on table in center of room. Child sits in tub with hands on rim ; woman stands behind table with her hands at edge of tub. Table is covered with white cloth and bowls and containers ; bucket on floor, left. Two freestanding screens are placed on either side of table ; window background right partially blocked by screen. Laundry hangs on line in background. Chair in foreground.

Black pen sketch entitled "8 A.M." of barracks interior at 8 a.m. in United States concentration camp. Woman seated in chair sips from a cup while propping her feet on a low table covered with objects including a pot on a hotplate plugged into overhead light. A curtain hangs behind her, floor to ceiling with a sign "Private Keep Out." One shoe next to table in foreground ; its mate and another pair of shoes sit at the foot of a cot next to a bed where someone is sleeping on right side. In background right, above bed is a sign "Silence" ; a dog sleeps curled up on another bed, back center. Lines indicate plank flooring. Same content as 94.195.27B.

Written in pencil on "Barracks room" drawing, top right corner: barracks Room. Written in ink on "8 A.M." sketch, bottom left corner: 8 A.M. Written in pencil on paper support, bottom: furniture made of scrap lumber & crates.

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