Blankets as Art: Marie Watt Exhibit at Tacoma Art Museum
August 7, 2012
I took advantage of a free-admission day on Saturday and traveled by bus to the Tacoma Art Museum to see Marie Watt’s exhibit about blankets and stories. She elevates ordinary, everyday blankets to the level of art. Two of the most intriguing pieces were simply stacks of used and donated blankets. For the installation, Dwelling, donors wrote stories about their blankets on tags. Among the most poignant tales was Peter Kubicek’s — he donated his blanket from a Nazi concentration camp.
Blankets can be pregnant with meaning — think of security blankets, kids forts, warmth and comfort, picnics . . . Blankets can hide things and cover flaws and ugliness — think of blankets of snow or fog.
Here are some more photos: