Marie Watt (Seneca, b. 1967) is one of the country’s most celebrated contemporary artists whose work draws on personal experience, indigenous traditions, proto-feminism, mythology and art history. Drawing on the collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation and the University of San Diego, Marie Watt Prints will present a mid-career retrospective of Watt’s work as a printmaker, accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.
Over the course of her career, residencies at the Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts, the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, and the Tamarind Institute have afforded Watt the opportunity to collaborate with master printers in producing ambitious print series. Whether working in lithography, woodcut, or etching, the medium of print has served for Watt as a laboratory for large-scale pieces and concepts. In each of her prints Watt demonstrates a tactile appreciation for the particular qualities of wood, copper, or stone, aiming to achieve in her words a “familiarity and intimacy” with the material that adds a layer of thematic resonance to her work.
Installation photos by Chandler Hubbard; Courtesy University Galleries