Really Free: The Radical Art of Nellie Mae Rowe


Really Free: The Radical Art of Nellie Mae Rowe


This Worl is Not My Home

A smiling, naked brown woman sits on a detailed bench against a light blue background; she holds a white birdlike creature next to which text reads, “This world is not my home.”

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Nellie Mae Rowe, American, 1900–1982




Crayon, marker, colored pencil, and pencil on paper


16 3/4 x 19 5/8 inches


Gift of Judith Alexander

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


Rowe approached the end of her life with spiritually inspired optimism. “I feel like I’m growing stronger because I’m serving the Lord, and I thank Him for everything. Letting me stay here this long, living down here on love and land, for this world is not my home. My home is on high and I’m going to reach it one day,” she said. She began to visualize this heavenly future especially in works from her final year of life in which she said goodbye quite explicitly.