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Barrack 9, Apt. 6, San Bruno, CA

Hibi, Hisako [ bio ]

Barrack 9, Apt. 6, San Bruno, CA
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H: 20 in, W: 16 in

San Bruno, Calif., June 25, 1942


Gift of Ibuki Hibi Lee


Unframed, stretched canvas. Image of barracks and two people walking between buildings. Mountains in the distance.

Signed LR: Hisako Hibi / 6/25/42 ; BACK: South San Francisco and the Horse Stables Watch Tower Painted at Tanforan, Horse Stall June 25, 1942 Executive Order no. 9066 issued 2/19/42 we evacuated from Hayward Home May 8, 1942

The title of this painting refers to the new quarters for the Hibi family at the Tanforan Assembly Center. However, it is not clear whether Hibi included their barrack in this painting or whether she was painting the view from their new home. There is nothing to suggest that either the barrack at the left or the one further away in the distance was barrack number nine. The viewer's eye follows the woman with the bucket in the foreground to the sketchy figure at the left, and finally diagonally recedes into the space of the mountains in the background. The guard tower is unmistakably central in the background of the work. The figures are not painted in detail, instead they are sketched with broad shapes and modeled with patches of color. It was typical of Hibi to paint people with a lack of specificity. They often appear as lone, anonymous figures in the landscape.

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