Maud Sulter, 'Terpsichore'

Maud Sulter, 'Terpsichore'

Maud Sulter (1960- )
'Terpsichore'
England
1992
Dye destruction print in gilt frame
Museum no. E.1795-1991
© Maud Sulter

Maud Sulter, born of Scottish and Ghanaian parentage, is a poet, historian, teacher and artist. Working with installation, photography and video, she addresses issues of the representation of black women in Western culture. Her series Zabat is a cycle of studio portraits of creative black women, each representing one of the nine muses of classical antiquity.

The woman in the image Terpsichore is a performance artist called Della Street who created the costume as part of a dance installation piece called The Quizzing Glass. This deals with the relationships between women within the power imbalance of the slave/mistress situation.