Marie Watt (b. 1967) is an American artist. Her work draws from history, biography, protofeminism, and Indigenous principles, and addresses the interaction of the arc of history with the intimacy of memory. She uses materials that are conceptually attached to narrative: in particular, exploring the stories connected with commonplace woolen blankets, cedar, and iron.

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Photograph by Aaron Johanson

VoCA Talks in Denver; Denver Art Museum acquires Butterfly

I’m in Denver this week: this evening, I’m talking with artist and oral historian James McElhinney as part of Voices in Contemporary Art’s VoCA Talks program.

The program is being held at the Denver Art Museum’s Sharp Auditorium at 6:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public; if you’re in the Denver area, come by and say hello.

I’m also delighted to announce that DAM has acquired Butterfly, one of the pieces we made for SITE Santa Fe’s Unsuspected Possibilities show last year. I love this piece and can’t think of a better home for it. Many thanks to DAM (especially Chief Curator and Curator of Native Arts Nancy Blomberg and Associate Curator John Lukavic) and to PDX Contemporary Art for making it happen.

Recent work

Guardian of Light, 2016

Guardian of Light,
9.75 × 7 in.
Reclaimed wool, satin binding, embroidery floss, thread

When Roger Fernandes (Lower Elwha Band of the S’Klallam Indians) tells the story of Raven Bringing Light, he adds a different ending. In the revised ending, Raven contemplates taking back the light because humans may not have been ready to take care of it; this ending is intended to be a warning that we need to take care of each other and the environment.

Generous Ones (Summit), 2016

Generous Ones (Summit),
11.5 × 14 in.
Reclaimed wool blankets, thread
Collection of Catherine Clark
San Francisco, CA