Julie Otsuka

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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.”
Topic
Julie Otsuka: Female
Julie Otsuka: Literature\Writer
Portrait
National Portrait Gallery
Restrictions & Rights
© Philip Grausman
Artist
Philip Grausman, born 16 Jul 1935
Sitter
Julie Otsuka, born 15 May 1962
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of the artist
Medium
Pewter
Dimensions
Without Base: 32.4 x 16.2 x 23.8cm (12 3/4 x 6 3/8 x 9 3/8")
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Exhibition
20th Century Americans: 1990 to Present
On View
NPG, South Gallery 341
1986
Place
United States\Connecticut\New Haven
Object number
C/NPG.2012.22
Type
Sculpture
Culture
Julie Otsuka: American\Asian American\Japanese American