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Hibi, Hisako [ bio ]

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H: 16 in, W: 20 in

Topaz, Utah, January 1945


Gift of Ibuki Hibi Lee


Image of someone walking in a snow storm with barracks and utility poles. Everything is snow covered. The colors are white and gray.

BACK: Snowing Topaz Utah

Painted during her last winter at Topaz concentration camp, this work by Hisako Hibi represents the snow that overwhelmed the camp and its internees. Of course, Hibi did not know at the time she painted this work that it would be her last winter at Topaz. The view of camp offered by this painting is a barren one, empty of life except for the lone figure in the foreground. At the right Hibi portrays a long row of barracks at a severe angle. It works to frame the image and give a sense of depth to the work. The barracks thus appear to continue for a long distance, with no end in sight. Hibi seems to be trying to portray falling snow in this painting. Daubs of white paint are strewn across the canvas towards this purpose.

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