Marie Watt

Marie Watt, Companion Series

Marie Watt

PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR - Sep 30

by Allyn Cantor

Marie Watt is well known for her use of reclaimed wool blankets to construct art, exploring individual and communal human stories through this commonplace yet deeply personal material. She uses histories and oral traditions from around the world, Indigenous design principles, and her own Native traditions to convey ideas. The exhibition Companion Species draws from the Native concept of animals as the first teachers of humans and uses the inspiration of the Etruscan she-wolf nursing Remus and Romulus to look at the reciprocal responsibility between humans and nature, and at how cultures view their relationship with animals.

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