(listen) (Due to a technical glitch, audio from the Art Talk AM interview with Marie Watt is not available. Please enjoy this recording of her lecture)
Marie Watt (born 1967) is a contemporary artist living and working in Portland, Oregon. Part Seneca, Watt has created work centered on contemporary Native American themes. She holds a B.A. 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. In 2002, her stone sculpture Pedestrian was installed along the east bank of the Willamette River in Portland. Her work has appeared in several exhibitions in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
In 2004, as part of the Continuum 12 artists series, an exhibit of her work opened in New York City and the George Gustav Heye Center of the National Museum of the American Indian. The exhibit includes 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.
Art Talk AM on the Radio was a weekly radio show in conjunction with the Portland State University MFA Monday Night Lecture Series. Visiting artists were interviewed live on the air the day of their lecture. Interviews were conducted by the students of the PSU Master in Fine Art Program.
During the summer months, Art Talk AM ran independent of the PMNLS, instead focusing on Portland area artists and curators.
04.07 Storm Tharp 04.14 Marie Watt 04.21 Regine Basha 04.28 Heavy Industries 05.05 Rebecca Ripple 05.12 Edgar Heap of Birds 05.19 Karen Yasinsky 06.02 Amy Yoes 06.08 John Malpede
06.16 Harrell Fletcher & Jen Delos Reyes 06.23 Matthew Green 06.30 Eva Lake 07.07 Dan Attoe 07.14 Zefrey Throwell 07.21 Adam Keller & Stephanie Simek 08.04 Damien Gilley 08.11 Katy Asher 08.18 Paul Middendorf 08.25 Arthur Bradford 09.01 Jenene Nagy 09.08 Kristan Kennedy 09.15 Shelby Davis 09.22 Ashley Neese 09.29 Patrick Rock 10.06 Mack McFarland 10.06 Avalon Kalin
10.13 (Andrea Zittel) 10.20 Buster Simpson 10.27 Matt McCormick 11.3 Darren O'Donnell 11.10 Courtney Fink 11.17 (Stephanie Smith) 11.24 Matthew Higgs 12.1 Hamza Walker
1.5 Lucky Dragons 1.12 Daniel Bozhkov 1.26 Michael Brophy 2.2 Edgar Arceneaux 2.9 (Julie Ault) 2.16 Mark Beasley 2.23 (Althea Tauberger) 3.2 Modou Dieng 3.9 (J. Morgan Puett)
(lecturers in parentheses are either unconfirmed or will not be sitting in for an interview. Audio of lectures will be posted for those who are unable to come on the air.)
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For three weeks in the Spring of 2009, while on on break from the PSU MFA Lecture Series Schedule, Art Talk AM contributed to Disjecta's CORE Radio, a platform for community voices to offer their perspective on the pressing cultural issues facing Portland.