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Visit to the Podiatrist

c. 1980
Nellie Mae Rowe (American, 1900–1982)

In her densely colored drawings, Nellie Mae Rowe often depicted plants, animals, and human figures fantastically intertwined with abstract shapes and quilt-like patterns. Her exuberant imagery offers a view into a personal pictorial world. In this drawing, Rowe conflated fantasy with lived experience, transforming a mundane visit to the podiatrist—a medical specialist of the foot, ankle, and lower leg—into an outlandish and enchanting scene populated by birds, butterflies, and people.

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