Jessica (from the series Mayflowers Long Forgotten), 2003

Carrie Mae Weems
(American, born 1953)

Location: University of Washington, Seattle


In her portrait 'Jessica'—part of the 'Mayflowers Long Forgotten' series—artist Carrie Mae Weems re-imagines formal, 19th century portrait photography to honor a young African American girl. The artist is known for work that draws attention to and re-orders ideas of race, class, and gender.

This artwork was acquired for the State Art Collection in partnership with University of Washington.


New York City-based artist Carrie Mae Weems works in a variety of media. She is best known for her photography, but also produces artworks with text, fabric, audio, and installations. Weems investigates “family relationships, cultural identity, sexism, class, political systems, and the consequences of power.”

Carrie Mae Weems received her Bachelor of Arts from California Institute of the Arts, Valencia. She received her Master of Fine Arts from the University of California, San Diego.

Material CategoryWork on paper - photograph
MediumToned incorporated color coupler print
Dimensions30 in x 24 in
ID NumberWSAC2005.013.000
Acquisition MethodCurated Selection
Artist LocationNew York, United States
Location Information
AgencyUniversity of Washington
Artwork LocationUniversity of Washington
Kane Hall (KNE), First Floor Lobby (4069 Spokane Lane, Seattle)
WA CountyKing
Site TypeUniversity
Address15th Ave. NE, between NE Pacific St. and NE 45th St.
Seattle, WA 98195
Geo. Coordinates47.656565 | -122.309421
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