Mary Perrott Stimson

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The “Sufi Dancer”

series were created 1987-1992

One of the first was made at Chisholm College in plaster and hessian and painted in pigment.  They stemmed from a conversation that the artist had in 1984 with her brother-in –law Guy Nelson who explained that the Sufi Mystics twirl round and round in skirts until they reach “oneness” with God.  The artist was taken with the idea of men dancing in skirts which made a lovely idea of masculine and feminine symbolism combined in the one figure.  Also the artist imagined that undulating skirts were part river, part plant and as in the “Little Sufi”, shapes of the joy of dancing are embedded in the dress.

 

 “LITTLE SUFI DANCER”1992

 

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