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Martha Bird, Visual Artist: Two exhibitions of New & Retrospective Work @ Otter Tail County Historical Society and Kaddatz Galleries


  • Otter Tail County Historical Society 1110 Lincoln Ave West Fergus Falls, MN 56537 USA (map)
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Minneapolis-based artist, basket maker and nurse, Martha Bird, Alumni Hinge Artist, announces a joint exhibition of new and retrospective work at Otter Tail County Historical Society and Kaddatz Galleries in Fergus Falls, Minnesota from Wednesday, September 11 through Friday, November 1, 2019.

The Forest Breathes - Otter Tail County Historical Society
Listen - Kaddatz Galleries


The Forest Breathes at the Otter Tail County Historical Society is a retrospective of Bird’s functional baskets, created with a wide range of natural fibers and basketweaving techniques. Listen features Bird’s new work in sculptural basketry at the Kaddatz. In these new works, Bird uses basketweaving techniques as a jumping off point to create sculptural objects and installations that explore themes of trauma and resilience. The resulting sculptures often suggest vessels, but their composition and scale also create impressions of movement, bodies, psychological connections and emotions.

For over 100 years, basketry has been used in the medical field to treat trauma. Bird will share a personal history of basketry as both an art form and a medical treatment, providing an engaging, far-ranging look at the artform’s history and therapeutic uses.

Bird will also give a presentation on basketry as a tool for healing and empowerment entitled, “Reclaiming Basketry: Working Through Stigma to Reach Creative Potential” at Otter Tail County Historical Society on Saturday, September 21, at 1 p.m. followed by a reception at Kaddatz Galleries from 3:30-5:30 p.m. with an artist talk at 4 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.