Sharifah Marsden

Title: Zhawenjigewin

Artists: Sharifah Marsden - Anishinaabe (ᐊᓂᔑᓈᐯᒃ)

Year: 2017

Event: Vancouver Mural Festival

Details: This image represents unconditional love, blessings and kindness. The image is representative of different First Nations artistic styles. A woman embracing, surrounded by the teepee poles representing home and the bond between them.

Sharifah’s work typically portrays women’s traditional stories in a modern context. She uses bright colours and traditional design.

About Sharifah Marsden:

Sharifah Marsden is an Anishinaabe artist from the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation. Since early childhood, Sharifah has been directed toward a life of art and culture. She draws from her Ojibway roots and knowledge of Woodlands art to create unique works that include everything from acrylic paintings to beadwork to engraving. In 2009, Sharifah graduated from Vancouver's Northwest Coast Jewellery Arts program under established Haida/Kwakwaka'wakw artist Dan Wallace. In 2010, Sharifah worked with artists Richard Shorty and Jerry Whitehead, among others, to complete Western Canada’s largest mural along on the outer wall of the Orwell Hotel located at 456 East Hasting in Vancouver. In 2014, she graduated from two years of formal training in the European goldsmithing tradition at the Vancouver Metal Arts School under the instruction of Gerold Mueller. At the Vancouver Metal Arts School she learned hollow form design, complex soldering techniques, and stone setting.



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Vancouver Mural Festival’s Indigenous Programs supports artists and organizations in the creation of public art and workshops for youth. We believe Coast Salish and other Indigenous artists have the power to reshape urban spaces by reflecting their contemporary and traditional values, stories, experiences, and ideas in this lasting and tangible way. 

Vancity’s generous support enables us to better connect the stories of these programs with the public. Below you will find information in the form of videos, pictures, interviews, articles, and more.

Note: Our definition of Indigenous includes First Nations, Métis, and Inuit.