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Untitled (Woman with Red Fish)

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Untitled (Woman with Red Fish)

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Nellie Mae Rowe
American, 1900–1982

Date

before 1978

Medium

Crayon and pencil on paper

Accession #

1993.60

Dimensions

18 x 24 inches

Location

Currently Not on View

Description

A frequent character in Nellie Mae Rowe’s art is a large, bright fish. As a devout Christian, Rowe often illustrated her lifelong walk with the Lord and considered art making an act of prayer. Fish often symbolize the Christian faith as well as fertility and female sexuality. In this drawing of a fish in a fantastical sea, a female figure swims below at a distance, exemplifying reverence. Rowe was never able to have children, so this drawing may also serve as a reference to her reproductive struggles.

Credit

Gift of Andy Nasisse for the Nasisse Collection

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