Thursday, March 16 | 7pm
Free with Museum Admission
Join visiting artist Marie Watt as she speaks to her artistic practice and the inspiration behind her multidisciplinary work. Watt’s focus on blankets and commonplace items manifests as both solitary and collaborative processes. Her work – small meditative pieces and large, monumental sculptures – has been featured at the National Gallery of Canada, the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, the Tacoma Art Museum and many other prestigious institutions.
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) Butterfly, 2015 (3) Dwelling, 2006
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