Corning, NY 14830
This summer at The Rockwell, explore the histories and memories tied to humble household objects – blankets. How can a simple blanket ignite conversations? What memories are held in the folds? How can fabric tie an individual to the community at large, or to a place and time? Blanket Stories: Western Door, Salt Sacks, and Three Sisters is a collaboration between artist Marie Watt , The Rockwell Museum, and the greater Corning, NY , community, as well as an ongoing series in the artist’s practice. Watt – who draws upon biography, history, Iroquois teachings, and Seneca proto-feminism – was invited to gather stories that tether people to place and community. Each story is represented by a textile in a sculptural tower. The textiles were contributed in response to a call for blankets and their stories from the community including local residents, the greater Finger Lakes region, and friends of The Rockwell. While each blanket in this column represents one person’s story, it also serves as a marker for the collective memory of a larger extended family. Each story communicates the universal nature of our shared human condition and has the potential to unite us.