Untitled (Figures with Cats)
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Rowe celebrated the animals she spent time with on her family’s farm as well as fantastic specimens from her imagination. Dogs and fish appear most frequently throughout her art, taking on symbolic meaning. Fish, for instance, resonated with Rowe’s Christian faith and with her unfulfilled wish for children, as dreams of fish are thought to precede pregnancy in some African American folklore. Rowe did not keep her own dogs, but she included many toy versions throughout her art environment, where they provided her with joy and perhaps embodied protection and companionship.