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Cat and Bird

20th century
Nellie Mae Rowe (American, 1900–1982)
The daughter of a former slave, Nellie Mae Rowe spent most of her life in Vinings, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta, where she worked as a domestic. Although she loved drawing as a child, it wasn't until 1948, after the death of her second husband, that Rowe began to devote much of her time to her art, creating drawings and paintings, gum sculptures, life-size dolls, and appliqué quilts. Vibrantly colored and imbued with a dreamlike quality, Rowe's works often depict figures---herself, family and friends, farm animals, or hybrid animal-human creatures---with architectural forms and geometric patterns.

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