Untitled (DeMura Shoebox Collage)
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Nellie Mae Rowe, American, 1900–1982
Color photographs on flattened shoebox
18 1/2 x 13 inches
Gift of Judith Alexander
(c) Estate of Nellie Mae Rowe/High Museum of Art, Atlanta
Rowe used a flattened shoebox as the backdrop for a display of casual snapshots that an unidentified visitor took of the decorated interior and exterior of her home, which she called her Playhouse. The shoebox’s design sets off the visual of the patterned textiles and objects that Rowe, seen in the middle-left image, spread and hung throughout her space. In the bottom-left photograph, two of her sculptures made from chewing gum are visible, including a mustachioed cat much like Untitled (Chewing-Gum Sculpture) on view here.