Title: George Simon unveils 'Universal Woman'
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Title: George Simon unveils 'Universal Woman'
Physical Description: Newspaper clipping
Language: English
Creator: GINA
Publisher: Stabroek News, Wednesday, 30 July 2008, page 16
Subject: Caribbean
Visual Arts
Simon, George
Abstract: GINA report on the unveiling and handing-over of three murals titled "Universal Woman" at the National Cultural Centre by renowned indigenous Guyanese artist George Simon.
Funding: Digitized with funding from the Digital Library of the Caribbean grant awarded by TICFIA.
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Bibliographic ID: CA00100705
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
Holding Location: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution.
Resource Identifier: CARIFESTA X 2008

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Page 16 STABROEK NEWS, Wednesday, July 30, 2008

George Simon

unveil 'Universal Woman'

The visual arts component of
this year's Caribbean
Festival of Arts (CARIFES-
TA X) has received a signif-
icant boost from renowned
Guyanese artist George
Simon with his presentation
of three murals which were
unveiled on Monday at the
National Cultural Centre
Simon, a member of the
CARIFESTA visual arts
committee and a Lokono
artist from St Cuthbert's
Mission, is the mastermind
behind the painting of the
three murals. Gangamai, a
Hindu goddess; Oriyu, an
Arawak word for mother of
the snake; and Watermama
represented by a mermaid,
are all representations of
"Universal Woman" accord-
ing to Simon, the
Government Information
Agency (GINA) reported.

Simon explained that the
three paintings are his way
of paying homage to
Guyana, the land of many
waters, which in Amerindian
mythology has many spirits.
In this light, he said there
must be regard for the spirits
of nature.
Mermaids and anacondas,
according to Simon, are sig-
nificant Amazonian beings
since they are goddesses or
symbols of strength and
energy. These beliefs, he
added, are synonymous to
Greek and Egyptian mythol-
"Amerindians consider
the mountains, forests and
the savannahs very special
and are included in the paint-
ings. there's the Stabroek
Market and St George's
Cathedral, Hindu temples
and a mosque, just to remind
us where we came from,""
Simon said.
Simon, who painted the
first mural titled 'The divine
relation between nature and

man,' at the Umana Yana,
credits his success to the
CARIFESTA Secretariat
which gave much recogni-
tion to this work.

The handing over was
done during a simple cere-
mony in the lobby of the
NCC and attended by
Minister of Culture, Youth
and Sport, Dr. Frank
Anthony, Minister within the
Ministry of Education Dr.
Desrey Fox, Chief Executive
Officer (CEO) of the CAR-
IFESTA Secretariat Nigel
Dharamlall, Coordinator of
the visual arts committee
Philbert Gajadar and Dean of
the School of Humanities at
the University of Guyana Al
Minister Fox said
Simon's work was an inspi-
ration from the Amerindian
perspective, put on canvas.
"From thinking spiritual-
ly, from the traditions of our
Amerindian people a lot of
what he has put on canvas

The three paintings by George Simon. (GINA photo)

can teach you about our spir-
ituality. . we think about
spirits both in female and
male form," Fox said.

She noted too that the
concept of "Universal
Woman" must be seen as a
unifying influence in the

way Amerindian traditions
are interpreted. She also con-
siders his work a real gift to

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