Really Free: The Radical Art of Nellie Mae Rowe


Really Free: The Radical Art of Nellie Mae Rowe


I Will Sea you Later When I get My Self Back To Geather

A large brown creature with human feet and a winged torso is surrounded by blood-red crayon-drawn plants and body parts. Text says, “I will see you later when I get myself back together.”

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Nellie Mae Rowe, American, 1900–1982




Crayon, pen, and pencil on paper


9 1/2 x 7 inches


Gift of Judith Alexander

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© Estate of Nellie Mae Rowe/High Museum of Art, Atlanta.


Rowe frequently included text in her work, sometimes incorporating it as a carefully designed pictorial element and other times as a caption or narrative explaining the action in a scene. She often wrote messages of spiritual praise, especially because she believed her artistic talent came from God. In some of her drawings from 1982, the year she passed away, she used her writing to embed messages of farewell.