Untitled (The Hand)
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There is a popular belief in some African American communities that dreams of fish precede announcements of pregnancy. The animal’s additional religious connotations of abundance and creation suggest that Rowe’s numerous drawings of fish may have been related to her unfulfilled wish for children. In Untitled (Fish), a large fish is surrounded by flowers budding with breast-like shapes and birds that have a penile appearance. Similarly erotic forms can be found in Untitled (The Hand), along with a rooster, painted a shocking crimson and royal blue, that might also have a coded sexual meaning.