The Noble Ones (Amazigh)
Artist: Sarah Waithe
As an artist, a significant portion of my creative work involves the exploration of diverse styles and techniques, all while prominently reflecting my indigenous Moroccan background. My identity is a tapestry woven from my Moroccan and Trinidadian roots, and through my art, I weave a narrative that reconnects me to my family’s history and tradition. The pattern I have crafted serves as a visual representation of my indigenous Moroccan lineage, conveying a story of tranquility and unity. Its hypnotic attraction captivates the viewer’s gaze, encouraging them to read between the lines and uncover the tale of marginalized communities and identities that often been overlooked and silenced.
In crafting this design, I deliberately used a triangular geometric pattern, a distinctive design found in both Moroccan and Islamic artistic traditions, merging both my identities together. Within this style, triangles hold special significance as they can easily be distinguished and associated with the Indigenous people of Morocco and they incorporate the pattern into their clothing, fabrics, tattoos, and quilts.
Embedded within this artwork are motifs and symbols rooted in Amazigh culture, representing not only an artistic endeavour but also a form of resistance against oppressive policies aimed at silencing the Amazigh community in Morocco. This imaginative array of patterns introduces an alternative discourse that undermines the conventional boundaries of language, providing a means of expression often suppressed. These symbols are believed to possess healing properties and spiritual qualities, safeguarding against misfortune in the Moroccan and Islamic cultures. In the realm of contemporary art, these ancient signs take on fresh interpretations and significance of who the Moroccan people are and bring up questions about home, identity, and belonging.
The repetition, symmetry, and variation in this piece are the threads binding art and people together, especially with my diasporic identity and connection to Scarborough. Through these elements, I aim to foster connection and engagement, inviting viewers to partake in a visual journey that transcends cultural and linguistic barriers connecting my identity as a second-generation Canadian living in Scarborough.
About the Artist
Sarah Waithe, a second-generation Canadian with vibrant roots in Morocco and Trinidad, emerges as an enchanting enigma within the realm of her research and abstract art. Her art transcends the confines of traditional expression, serving as a captivating platform that eloquently weaves together the intricate tapestry of her Black and Muslim identity. Sarah's art and research become a resonant language, an evocative narrative that gracefully delves into themes of belonging, community, and migration. Sarah has organized various art events with the Toronto Ward Museum and is working on projects in Scarborough to bring more art to the community. She is a passionate artist who explores her roots and shares her experiences through her captivating artwork