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.

Studio news

Unraveled: Textiles Reconsidered at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati

We’re in Cincinnati this week, and tonight is the opening of Unraveled: Textiles Reconsidered, a group show exploring the deconstruction and reconstruction of everyday textiles, curated by Kate Bonansinga, formerly of Portland and now director of the School of Art at the University of Cincinnati.

For the exhibit, the studio made Blanket Stories: Beacon, Marker, Ohi-yo, a blanket column inspired by the marker trees to be found in woodlands areas in the midwest. Anthropologists believe that these trees were “trained” by Indigenous peoples to provide navigation information along foot trails.

Recent work

Blanket Stories: Beacon, Marker, Ohi-yo, 2016

Blanket Stories: Beacon, Marker, Ohi-yo,
240 × 108 × 48 in.
Folded blankets, steel
Photograph by Aaron Johanson

Woodland Arrangement, 2016

Woodland Arrangement,
10 × 10 in.
Reclaimed wool blanket, satin binding, thread, embroidery floss
Photograph by Aaron Johanson