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For her edition „Ruby Dee“ for Parkett 73 Ellen Gallagher departed from a cover of the popular African-American magazine Jet from 1963 featuring the well known actress, poet, playwright, journalist and civil right activist Ruby Dee (see image 1).

Ellen Gallagher then transferred that image to a photogravure and added unique hand-shaped plasticine elements in three colors creating her own three dimensional relief tribute to Ruby Dee and the causes she fought for forty years earlier (see image 2).