Hometown: Oklahoma


Dates in Sitka: 2013-04

Cedar Marie holds an MFA in visual art from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her creative work is inspired by people who work on the water and investigates the cultural shifts of small fishing communities. Pairing research and writing with art production to extend the range of her creative practice, she often combines writing with documentary photography and hand crafted objects from fishing culture to tell a story about the preservation of cultural traditions through living experiences. Commercial fishing informs her creative practice, and her art is intimately tied to expressing the conditions in which people live and work.
A recent recipient of both an Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition (OVAC) Creative Arts Fellowship and an Art Writing and Curatorial Fellowship, Marie is currently curating the international art exhibition FISH for the University of Oklahoma School of Art where she also teaches. Her work has been cited in numerous publications including Slate Magazine and the College Art Association’s Art Journal, and is included in the forthcoming anthology Re/Theorizing Writing Histories of Rhetoric edited by Michelle Ballif (Southern Illinois University Press, fall 2012). She is originally from the “land of 10,000 lakes.”
During her residency, she will work on her first book project: Women of the Fleet: Fishing for Resiliency in Sitka, Alaska.