Isabelle Cutajar

Isabelle Cutajar

Turning a year old marks the day a baby becomes a toddler which is from one-to-three years of age. Three of them ‘Being One’ (colour pencil and crayon collage, 30x21cm) show a Maltese ceremony consisting in the presentation of various items on a child’s first birthday (quċċija), as it is commonly believed that the object a child grasps playfully foretells their future career inclinations. This ceremony is also found in many cultures around the globe. Chosen here are ‘3’ of ‘♠’ to get the ‘ball’ rolling and keep looking at the cards.

Maltese is the only Arabic-related language in the world written in Latin script. Quċċija illustrates that Maltese has additional diacritic marks (tikka), that is ċ, ġ and ż (note also other entries) are then pronounced as /ch/, /j/ and /z/, respectively.

(text by Margit Waas)