I am an Anishinaabe (Ojibway) artist from the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation

I am an Anishinaabe (Ojibway) artist from the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation. Since early childhood I have been directed toward a life of art and culture. I draw on my Ojibway roots and knowledge of the Woodlands style to create unique works that include everything from acrylic painting to beadwork, jewellery engraving and murals. One of my fondest memories is of my mother and I sitting at the kitchen table painting late into the night, the house quiet, little ones sleeping. This is where I fell in love with painting. When I began my academic path, which would come to include the Fine Arts Program at Langara College, the Jewellery Arts Program at the Native Education College and the Diploma Program in Jewellery and Object Design at Vancouver Metal Arts School, my mother said to me “you go to those schools, but you bring your culture into every project you do.”

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Handmade Designer Gold

“SHARIFAH’S WORK IS COMPLETELY UNIQUE”

“She uses Northwest Coast engraving techniques to depict symbols and motifs from her Anishinaabe heritage.”

-Peter Lattimer

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Original Paintings

Elk Rawhide Shields

Anishinaabe Painted Shield Series

This series of traditional rawhide shields are decorated with symbols that represent the struggles with are experiencing in recent years, touching on a variety of contemporary issues connected to the pandemic and reconciliation. These images I chose, are emojis used in social media that empowered us, bringing us together during these times. The shields are made with acrylic paint and variety of traditional materials including: Elk hide, deer hide, brass ring, cherry wood ring, leather, feathers, and, beads.

5 Mural Series Summer 2023

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