Martha Shade

Dancer, 2015
hand stitched cotton thread, linen, (framed)
24 x 16 in (60.96 x 40.64 cm)
The central figure is directly influenced by the image, shown below, from a painted fresco mural in the Quseir Amra castle in Jordan (early 8th century). In the mural the female figure is topless and she holds up a bowl. The background is a modified Islamic geometric pattern. The "Dancer" in this piece represents the Great Mother archetype, rescuing a drowning walrus. I used the infinity symbol on the border, which mirrors the shape of the figure and the belt design, and refers to the divine mystery that surrounds and underlies the dream of the world.
Dancer by Martha Shade

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