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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2008.172
People
Corita Kent (Sister Mary Corita), American (Fort Dodge, Iowa 1918 - 1986 Boston, Massachusetts)
Title
the sea queen
Classification
Prints
Work Type
print
Date
1967
Culture
American
Physical Descriptions
Technique
Screen print
Dimensions
50.2 x 58.4 cm (19 3/4 x 23 in.)
frame: 68.9 x 84.1 x 3.2 cm (27 1/8 x 33 1/8 x 1 1/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: l.r.: Corita
  • (not assigned): Printed text reads: Enjoy / 20/20 FORESIGHT / The sea queen comes to me, her mist—borne salt breeze in early morning hours—she speaks greeting to the stillness life-bearing waters flood her gaze long and deep and trip in a glance the lever of my spirit—she waits in the expectant wash of dawn—then leaps up as a sun—flown shaft of brilliance, or laughter—giving but a glimpse of her treasure to the world, and disappearing into her own waters. Unspeakably deep is her heart—music—singing inviting sea-thoughts to the deity. Wide and unsearchable her waters—beating unknown rhythms in their depths—I hear the seabird's cry—no sooner piped, then mysteriously hidden and unclaimed. I stand thought-locked in the long pre-dawn hours, watching the light play on her surface—I contemplate her brave communion with the sky. There! the sky bends low and hovers over her—she is covered with its fine mist... Sister Claude
State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
Standard Reference Number
Corita Art Center Cat. #67-35
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Margaret Fisher Fund
Copyright
© Courtesy of the Corita Art Center, Immaculate Heart Community, Los Angeles
Accession Year
2008
Object Number
2008.172
Division
Modern and Contemporary Art
Contact
am_moderncontemporary@harvard.edu
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Publication History

Susan Dackerman, ed., Corita Kent and the Language of Pop, exh. cat., Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2015), pp. 124-125, cat. 30, ill. (color)

Exhibition History

Corita Kent and the Language of Pop, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 09/03/2015 - 01/03/2016; San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, 02/13/2016 - 04/13/2016

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