Marie Watt: A Profile Of A Modern Native Artist
When most people think about Native American art, they picture the items they saw in their history books when they are in school or items they have seen at their local history museum. However, it is important to realize that Native American art is still alive today. The importance of art has not diminished among the remaining Native American tribes. In fact, numerous Native American artists are carving their own names in the art world right now. Marie Watt represents just one of many modern Native American artists.
Public Displays Of Her Work
Marie Watt is a member of the Turtle Clan of the Seneca Nation. She has had her work displayed at the:
- Museum of Arts & Design in New York City in 2012
- Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University
- Tacoma Art Museum in Tacoma, Washington
- Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts
- Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico
- Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art at Lewis & Clark College
- John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin
- Seattle Art Museum
- National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC
- Portland Art Museum in Portland, Oregon
It is said that a great artist is one whose work you can see and visit in a museum. Marie Watts, although she is not yet 50 years old, has had her work shown at numerous museums over the years. Her work has been on display at all of the museums listed above, as well as many others not listed.
Examples Of Her Work
Marie Watt uses multiple mediums to express her artistic identity. Many of her pieces use reclaimed material that she has put together in a new way, such as her Blanket series, which looks at the ways in which blankets are woven into our everyday lives and examine the importance of blankets within the Native American community.
In another series of work, Sleep and Sleeplessness, Ms. Watt’s draws upon observations of everyday objects, such as stones and corn husks to inform her drawings. Through her drawings, she explores the relationships between individuals and everyday objects. Here drawings all created using crowquill pens. This series shows the artist’s interpretation of the relationship of everyday objects, day-to-day life, arts and crafts.
Ms. Watt’s works vary from the more traditional forms, such as drawings, to modern art exhibits of reclaimed and repurposed material. Her work is just one example of how the Native American art community is not something frozen in time; it is a living, breathing community of active artists who are creating and sharing their work with the world everyday.
The next time you want to purchase a work of art, consider looking into a modern Native American artist through a dealer like Gallery Phillip.