Conversation: Community-Based Arts

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Friday, March 17, 2017 | 1 pm
Free with Museum Admission
 
Engage in a conversation with American artist Marie Watt around her practice of collaborative sewing circles as a way of interacting with communities. “While talking is not required, I am struck by the quality of conversation and storytelling that occurs when eyes are diverted and hands are busy at work.” Having compared these daily interruptions to barn raisings, Watt will share what she has learned from the simple comings together of people.

 
Marie Watt is a multidisciplinary artist born to the son of Wyoming ranchers and educators and a daughter of the Turtle Clan of the Seneca Nation (Iroquois/Haudenosaunee). Her work draws from history, biography, Iroquois protofeminism, Indigenous teachings and addresses the arc of history with the intimacy of memory.
 
Blankets, one of her primary materials, are everyday objects that carry extraordinary histories of use. As a commonplace object, blankets are conceptually attached to narrative and personal stories. In her tribe and other Indigenous communities, blankets are given away to honour those who are witness to important life events.
 

Photos courtesy Marie Watt | (2) Blanket Stories: Beacon, Marker, Ohi-yo, 2016,
 
 
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