Ree Morton. Weeds of the Northeast #5. 1974

Ree Morton Weeds of the Northeast #5 1974

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In April 1974, after being invited to exhibit in a group show of women artists, Morton began using doilies, bows, and glitter in her work, reclaiming the decorative materials often associated with femininity. Later that year she became fascinated by the book Weeds of the Northeast, a Victorian-style field guide that ascribes emotional characteristics to plants. In a series of ten drawings of treasure maps, Morton drew and labeled various leaves and ensconced the drawings in glitter and fake wood paneling. Her whimsical depictions, combined with descriptions like "a few large triangular teeth," evoke a sense of playful adventure and potential danger.

Gallery label from Compass in Hand: Selections from The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection, April 22, 2009–January 4, 2010.
Medium
Watercolor, crayon, pencil, and colored pencil with glitter on printed paper
Dimensions
18 7/8 x 24 7/8" (47.9 x 63.2 cm)
Credit
The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection Gift
Object number
2480.2005
Copyright
© 2022 Estate of Ree Morton
Department
Drawings and Prints

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