Untitled (Blue Plant Woman)
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Nellie Mae Rowe, American, 1900–1982
Crayon, colored pencil, and pencil on paper
13 3/4 x 11 inches
Gift of Judith Alexander
The central winged figure in this drawing is a “haint,” a Gullah word for a type of evil spirit. “Haint blue” is a pale, green-tinted shade of blue meant to mimic the appearance of sky or water and is often seen in Rowe’s work portraying ghosts or spirits. This haint is calmly perched on a log with a growing plant. The fluid nature of this figure shows that the boundaries of identity in Rowe’s work often blur and merge, like the haint and the plant.