Thursday, February 16, 2012
Modern Storyteller: Marie Watt
I have to share an amazing exhibit currently at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art in Salem that my Salem Art Group visited on Wednesday. The exhibit is titled Lodge and is the creation of Marie Watt. Here is what the Museum's web site says about the exhibit:
Marie Watt is a nationally recognized Portland mixed media artist whose work explores human stories and ritual implicit in everyday objects. Organized by Willamette anthropology professor Rebecca Dobkins, the exhibition will feature a range of work from the past decade, including portrait blankets of Jim Thorpe, Ira Hays, Susan B. Anthony and Joseph Beuys. Work also includes stacked blanket sculptures and “Engine,” a felt cave-like structure that honors the act of storytelling and the storytellers in the artist's life.
Marie was recently on Oregon Art Beat and you can view the segment here.
The exhibit is poignant as those who donated blankets filled out a tag telling the story behind the blanket. One of the stories was of a man who was sent to numerous concentration camps during World War II and his tags told the story of how he obtained the blanket and kept it all these years, gratefully donating it to Marie for this exhibit.
Here are some photos of the stacked blanket sculptures.
And then there is the cave, Engine, made of felted wool. We removed our shoes and entered, but just a peek . . . you're going to want to see it for yourself.
The exhibit will be in Salem through April 1, then it will travel to the Tacoma Art Museum for an exhibit that will run from June 23-October 7, 2012, so there are a couple of opportunities to experience this show.