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Untitled (Atlanta’s Missing Children, Orange Rat)

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Untitled (Atlanta’s Missing Children, Orange Rat)

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Nellie Mae Rowe
American, 1900–1982

Date

1981

Medium

Crayon and pencil on board

Accession #

2003.168

Dimensions

25 1/2 x 20 1/2 inches

Location

Currently Not on View

Description

Nellie Mae Rowe depicted the void left by the nearly 30 children who went missing in Atlanta between 1979 and 1981, a crisis that was recently revisited by the popular true crime podcast Atlanta Monster. She represented them through absence, depicting a garden that seems incomplete without children playing in it, and a lonely dog who mourns their absence. In the roughly shaded spots between the flowers, tiny figures appear faintly, embodying her hope that some of the children might still be found alive.

Credit

Gift of Judith Alexander

Image Copyright

(c) Estate of Nellie Mae Rowe/High Museum of Art, Atlanta