A project by Marie Watt, guest at the American Embassy
By Heidi Trautmann
A huge colourful blanket laid out on a table in the
Fulbright Centre Nicosia, around which I find sitting Marie Watt, the artist
from Portland in Oregon USA, and ladies and one gentleman stitching pieces of
felt together which form a wonderful design: the law of geometry, triangles
added to one another to a size of at least 3 x 5 m; I added my stitches as
well, so I will also be part of the Cyprus Blanket. Marie will take it home and
one day exhibit it and she will add her version of Cyprus from the stories she
heard while they were all sitting together.
Marie Watt was born in 1967 in Seattle/Washington. She holds a BA degree in art from Willamette University and a Master's Degree from Yale
University. She has
also studied at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Watt's art is primarily lithography and sculpture. For her sculpture, she uses a variety of materials,
including everyday objects, as well as textiles, alabaster, slate, and cornhusks.
She is known
for her Blanket Stories, a sculpture made of two towers of wool blankets, with each stack sewn
together with a central thread. The blankets are ones Watt collected over
several years, including many Hudson's Bay point blankets that were given to Native Americans in trade by
the Hudson's Bay Company during the 19th century.
currently a professor at Portland Community College and the gallery coordinator of its Northview
Seneca Indian it lies in her interest to promote Indian art and she is therefore
also interested in the traditional characteristics of other countries. I wonder if she will travel around the world
to make a blanket for each country so she can one day create her own world. It
is better she takes the blanket with her otherwise our people could use it to
cover the endless Cyprus Problem up.