Thais Mather, Thaumaturge • Marie Watt (Seneca Nation), Untitled (Dream Catcher) • Angela Ellsworth, still from Kicking Up Dust

ARTIST TALKS: Female Mystics, Mythology & Protofeminism

Wednesday, December 2, 2020 6pm – 7pm

NOTE DATE CHANGE: Now Wednesday, December 2

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The public is invited to a one-hour program of three artists’ talks and Q&A featuring the following artists in the Feminisms exhibition: Angela Ellsworth, an interdisciplinary artist who works in sculpture, drawing, installation, and performance, drawing lines of communication between her Mormon ancestry and the work of 19th and 20th century female mystics; Thais Mather, whose work spans sculpture, printmaking, painting, new media, and installation, exploring themes of feminism, authorship, mythology, the objectification of culture, and women’s labor; and Marie Watt (Seneca Nation), whose artwork draws from history, biography, Iroquois protofeminism, and Indigenous teachings, exploring the intersection of history, community, and storytelling.

ANGELA ELLSWORTH is an interdisciplinary artist who works in sculpture, drawing, installation, and performance. Her objects and performances draw lines of communication between her Mormon ancestry and the work of 19th and 20th century female mystics. In 2014, she founded the Museum of Walking, which is committed to conversations about land, action and site within the context of art. Ellsworth holds an MFA in Painting and Performance from Rutgers University and a BA in Photography and Painting from Hampshire College. Her work has been shown internationally including at The Getty Center (California), Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney, Australia), Zacheta National Gallery of Art (Warsaw, Poland), and as part of the 17th Biennale of Sydney, Australia, among others.

MARIE WATT (Seneca Nation) holds an MFA degree in Painting and Printmaking from Yale University. She attended Willamette University and the Institute of American Indian Arts. In 2016 she was awarded an honorary doctorate from Willamette University. She has attended several residencies, including those at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and the Vermont Studio Center; and she has received fellowships and awards from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, Anonymous Was a Woman, and the Ford Family Foundation. Selected collections include the Seattle Art Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Yale University Art Gallery, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian and Renwick Gallery, and the Library of Congress, among others. She has received numerous public art commissions. Watt was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, and currently resides in Portland, Oregon.

THAIS MATHER is an installation artist born and based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Spanning sculpture, printmaking, painting, new media, and installation, her work explores themes of feminism, authorship, mythology, the objectification of culture, and women’s labor. Mather has been a student and teacher of feminism for a decade. She holds an MFA degree in installation art and feminist theory from the Vermont College of Fine Arts where she is now a Graduate Professor of Art. She is a recipient of the Shipley Swan Fellowship for Printmaking, the Levin Lutz Fellowship for Installation and Research, and the LewAllen Grant for Educators. She has been featured in group and solo exhibitions around the country.