Artist Marie Watt arrived Wednesday, March 13, 2013 from Brooklyn, NY for the installation of her specially commissioned blanket tower for Shaping America, opening this week.
Stemming from her interest in blanket histories, Marie was intrigued by the history of the Brigham City Baron Woolen Mills, started in 1869 by Lorenzo Snow. She later made a connection with MOA American Art curator Marian Wardle who had recently heard about Marie’s work at an art symposium.
Though she would not call herself a “textile artist,” Marie does frequently work with textiles. While in Provo, Marie hosted two sewing circles – one with visual arts students and another with members of the community. Participants were taught a basic slipstitch by Marie and then free to work on a part of Marie’s current work-in-progress. Crafting art alongside the artist is a rare opportunity that took place March 14-15 in the MOA’s Lied Gallery.
Marie’s interest in blankets and their accompanying heritage and history is manifest by her other towers on-display in locations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation campus in Seattle, the National Museum of the American Indian in New York City, among others.