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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Corita Kent (Sister Mary Corita), American (Fort Dodge, Iowa 1918 - 1986 Boston, Massachusetts)
the sea queen
Work Type
Persistent Link

Physical Descriptions

Screen print
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
© Courtesy of the Corita Art Center, Immaculate Heart Community, Los Angeles / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Accession Year
Object Number
Modern and Contemporary Art

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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

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