Marie Watt is a Portland, Oregon-based artist and citizen of the Seneca Nation. Her work draws from history, personal experience, and Iroquois and Indigenous teachings. Through her creative approach, she explores how the past intersects with present-day community bonds, all while capturing the interconnected, profoundly human capacity for storytelling.
Watt combines pre-loved textiles—or channels inspiration from them—into an array of mediums that reflects our common lineage, along with our entwined, analogous present. Embedded within her practice is a deep desire to interweave our links, creating one large, enveloping story out of thousands of thread-like anecdotes. Her narratives are not sourced from one group or one point; they come from everyone, and everywhere.
Watt holds an MFA in painting and printmaking from Yale University. Additionally, she holds degrees from Willamette University and the Institute of American Indian Arts. She has received fellowships from Anonymous Was a Woman, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Harpo Foundation, the Ford Family, and the Native Arts and Culture Foundation. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Seattle Art Museum, the Denver Art Museum, and more. She is represented by PDX Contemporary Art in Portland, Oregon; Greg Kucera Gallery in Seattle, Washington and Marc Straus in New York City, New York.