Blue Lotus


The Blue Lotus emerged as part of an emotional and spiritual response to important women figures in the monotheistic faiths. In the Quranic tradition, Bibi Zuleikha’s story is one of repentance and metamorphosis; she turns to God and in her old age, is rewarded with the gift of youth and marriage to Prophet Yusuf (AS). In this emotive work, Fatimah paints the Blue lotus, the national flower of Egypt (an ancient location of Judaic faith) and a recurring motif in ancient Egyptian art[2]. Upon sensing sunlight, the flower opens its petals above water, making it a symbol of rebirth and enlightenment—states that Bibi Zuleikha enjoyed. Earlier, Bibi Zuleikha is consumed in her love for the paragon of beauty (Prophet Yusuf) and consequently undergoes years of suffering, her soul becoming what the Quran refers to as the “nafs alawama” (75:2) (self-incriminating soul). This cleansing journey eventually unites her with her lost beloved and the birth of her “nafs mutmainna”, “the soul at peace”. The soul’s transition from lost and wandering to tranquil is manifested in the shell of a withered lotus, standing like a shadow, and conversely, its beautiful new form. Above, a 12-point golden lotus shines like a sun, gesturing to Prophet Jesus’ disciples, the Twelve Tribes of Israel, and the 12 Imams from the Holy Prophet’s family.
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Acrylic and imitation gold leaf on canvas


30 x 42 Inches