February 28th, 2023 – Art makes tangible the pain inside our bodies, revealing and healing oppression with Sharifah Marsden

Trauma survivors are often threatened with their very lives if they say the words that describe the trauma. When words are too painful to find or speak, art softly sits down next to us and whispers “this is the way out,” safely making tangible what we hold inside our bodies.  Art turns intense and dense feelings into a physical thing you can look at, analyse, learn from and if comfortable, share with others.  Art is medicine. In this webinar I will share my experience using art to help myself and my community heal and connect.

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Date: Thursday, February 28th, 2023 (PST)
Time: 10 a.m. to 11:30 am
Where: Free online via Zoom!

About the Presenters:


SHARIFAH MARSDEN: A multifaceted Anishinaabe artist from the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation, Ontario, Sharifah Marsden draws from her knowledge of the Woodlands Style of Art, Traditional Beadwork and Weaving, creating unique works of acrylic paintings, beadwork and engraved jewelry.

Her jewelry experience consists of graduating from the Northwest Coast Jewelry Program at The Native Education College (NEC) 2010, Graduating the Goldsmithing Program at Vancouver Metal Arts 2015. Then assistant teaching the jewelry program at the Native Education College In 2017, to Instructor in 2018.

In 2010, Sharifah worked with artists Richard Tetrault, Richard Shorty and Jerry Whitehead, on Western Canada’s largest mural “Eye of the Raven.” She has collaborated on a variety of murals including “Honoring Our Women” for the Native Education College in 2016, “Unconditional Love” for the Vancouver Mural festival in 2017, and the “Memorial Starblanket,” a mural honoring those we lost from opioid addiction in the DTES in 2017.

Most recently, Sharifah has been commissioned to create the mural in Justice Institute of BC, as well as exhibited her “Motherhood” series at the Georgia Studios (C3) in Vancouver, BC.



  • Sharifah Marsden – Website
  • Sharifah Marsden – Instagram
  • Ceremonial Art Exhibition – Webpage
  • Guud San Glans Robert Davidson Exhibition at Vancouver Art Gallery – Website

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