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Julie Otsuka

Julie Otsuka
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Artist
Philip Grausman, born 16 Jul 1935
Sitter
Julie Otsuka, born 15 May 1962
Date
1986
Type
Sculpture
Medium
Pewter
Dimensions
Without Base: 32.4 x 16.2 x 23.8cm (12 3/4 x 6 3/8 x 9 3/8")
Topic
Julie Otsuka: Female
Julie Otsuka: Literature\Writer
Portrait
Place
United States\Connecticut\New Haven
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of the artist
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
Copyright
© Philip Grausman
Object number
C/NPG.2012.22
Exhibition Label
Born Palo Alto, California
Prize-winning writer Julie Otsuka posed for Philip Grausman when she was an undergraduate at Yale University and Grausman was on the faculty. Memories of growing up in California and hearing stories of her grandfather’s arrest after Pearl Harbor and the subsequent internment of her grandmother, uncle, and mother led Otsuka to write novels charting the experience of Japanese Americans. She has commented on the link between the “visual” characters that populate her novels and her training as an artist. Grausman’s graceful lines and delicate modeling capture a contemplative view of Otsuka, who describes her writing as “deeply internal.”
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
Exhibition
20th Century Americans: 2000 to Present
On View
NPG, South Gallery 341