"To me existence and artwork are one and an identical, for the most important lies in one's wisdom of individuals and lifestyles. In artwork one is attempting to precise it within the easiest inventive manner, as within the artwork of prior civilizations, for good looks and fact are the one issues which stay undying and ageless." - Mine Okubo
This is the 1st book-length severe exam of the lifestyles and paintings of Mine Okubo (1912-2001), a pioneering Nisei artist, author, and social activist who many times defied traditional position expectancies for girls and for eastern americans over her seventy-year profession. Okubo's landmark Citizen 13660 (first released in 1946) is the 1st and arguably best-known autobiographical narrative of the wartime eastern American relocation and confinement experience.
Born in Riverside, California, Okubo used to be incarcerated through the U.S. executive in the course of international battle II, first on the Tanforan meeting middle in California and later on the Topaz battle Relocation heart in Utah. There she taught artwork and directed the construction of a literary and artwork journal. whereas in camp, Okubo documented her confinement adventure by way of making 1000s of work and pen-and-ink sketches. those supplied the fabric for Citizen 13660. notice of her expertise unfold to Fortune journal, which employed her as an illustrator. less than the magazine's auspices, she used to be capable of go away the camp and relocate to long island urban, the place she pursued her paintings over the following part century.
This gorgeous and welcoming booklet, lavishly illustrated with either colour and halftone photos, lots of that have by no means prior to been reproduced, introduces readers to Okubo's oeuvre via a variety of her work, drawings, illustrations, and writings from diversified sessions of her lifestyles. additionally, it includes tributes and essays on Okubo's profession and legacy via experts within the fields of artwork background, schooling, women's reports, literature, American political historical past, and ethnic reviews, essays that remove darkness from the significance of her contributions to American arts and letters.
Mine Okubo expands the sparse severe literature on Asian American girls, in addition to that at the Asian American adventure within the japanese usa. It additionally serves as a superb spouse to Citizen 13660, offering serious instruments and historical past to put Okubo's paintings in its old and literary contexts.