I’ve included patterns that are similar to those found on a traditional Somali dirac. While creating this drawing, I envisioned the circles radiating outward to protect the inner space. Personally, I’ve dealt with anxiety, and the circular aspect of the pattern is a representation of the barrier that one needs to create to protect oneself when dealing with anxiety. It serves the dual purpose of self-protection and self-soothing.
About the Artist
Sagal Dualeh (Sage) is a first-generation Somali Canadian.She is a digital artist based in Toronto, restarting her passion for drawing and creating art during the pandemic. She draws inspiration for her work from cartoons from the early 2000s, vintage manga and anime.