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Marie Watt Listed As Must See Exhibition in New York – The Art Newspaper


The Art Newspaper listed Marie Watt’s solo show Turtle Island as one of three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend.
The full article is available here: https://www.theartnewspaper.com/review/three-exhibitions-to-see-in-new-york-this-weekend-16-october

“The Portland-based Seneca artist Marie Watt evokes her Iroquois heritage in a new collection of mixed-media sculptures presented in the show Turtle Island at Marc Straus (until 12 December). Works like Untitled (Sapling & Flint, Twin Columns) (2020)—comprising a stack of repurposed blankets fastened to a steel base—reference the Iroquois architectural ironworkers known as “skywalkers”, who have historically held perilous roles as the workforce behind the building of many of America’s skyscrapers. The work also references the Iroquois mythology of Atahensic, or the Skywoman, an origin story acknowledging the interconnectedness between animals and humans. A similar work titled Skywalker/Skyscraper (Axis Mundi) (2012) is included in the Whitney Museum of American Art’s current show Making Knowing: Craft in Art, 1950-2019. Watt is also currently working with the Lakota artist Cannupa Hanska to create a monumental installation due to be presented at the Denver Art Museum in May next year consisting of crowd-sourced messages embroidered on bandanas that considers the healing power of creative collaboration.”
-Gabriella Angeleti for The Art Newspaper

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