Exhibit opens today!
Through image and color, artist Tariqa Waters tells the story of a matriarch that exists in the margins, free of any privileged agenda, where satire exterminates appropriation. The matriarch’s story remains in the margins because it shouldn’t be understood by everyone. It can only be understood by those who need to understand. Originating from an inherent need to protect and identify family and self in a world where no protection is offered and no sense of identity is available–her strength, character, and wisdom exist independent of judgment or a perceptible state of “normal” where everything from style to sexuality remains liquid and can be expressed equally as sacred or superficial.
About the Artist
Tariqa Waters is a Seattle based contemporary visual artist, gallerist, and educator. Born in 1980 in Richmond, Virginia, she was raised with artists in her family and developed an early interest in oil painting. Self-taught, she started working as a muralist while in Sicily where she lived from 2003-2007. Returning to the States, she began creating and showing her own work in Washington DC and Atlanta.
Tariqa relocated with her husband and their two children to Seattle in 2012. Settling into a unique live/work loft in the historic Pioneer Square neighborhood, she opened a gallery/art space which she called, Martyr Sauce.
Waters’ own work also began to garner attention and in January of 2014 one of her pieces was selected for the cover of The Stranger newspaper and her large-scale oil painting entitled, “Old Hickory” was selected as the centerpiece for The Seattle Women’s Convention at the Hedreen Gallery. Group exhibitions soon followed at Vermillion, Washington Hall, and at Art of the City Festival. She ended the year with an installation at Seattle Art Museum as part of their Pop Departures and City Dwellers exhibit.
2015 saw Tariqa’s work on another cover of The Stranger and she was featured on the cover of City Arts Magazine for their annual Future List edition.
Also an arts educator, Waters is employed as a teaching artist at Seattle Art Museum. She regularly teaches, lectures, sits on panels, and facilitates activities all over the city.