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Shower, latrine and laundry building

Hibi, Hisako [ bio ]

Shower, latrine and laundry building
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H: 20 in, W: 16 in

Topaz, Utah, October 1944


Gift of Ibuki Hibi Lee


Unframed, stretched canvas. Image of barrack with chimney and smoke, portion of another barrack at left, casting shadow on right barrack.

Signed LR: Hisako Hibi / Oct. 1944

This painting demonstrates Hisako Hibi's concern with composition. The focus appears to be less on landscape, and more on shapes creating a sense of pattern. The corner of one bulding is depicted in the foreground and frames the painting at the left. Its shadow falls dramatically across the side of the building at the right. This creates sharp geometric patterns in this work. The viewer is positioned slightly outside of this space, but at ground level. There is no escape out of the closed quarters of this alleyway. Hibi utilizes broader brushstrokes so that there is less modulation of the surface of the canvas.

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