Emily Pothast is a visual artist, musician, writer and curator based in Seattle, Washington. She is the frontwoman of the band Midday Veil and half of the installation/performance duo Hair and Space Museum with her partner and frequent collaborator David Golightly. Emily writes a blog called Translinguistic Other and runs an independent record label of the same name.
Born and raised in rural Iowa, Emily moved with her family to Wichita Falls, Texas at age eleven. Fascinated by the dominant culture of post-Protestant Christian fundamentalism in Texas, she developed a life-long obsession with religion, belief, and subjectivity that continually surfaces through her work in various media.
Upon completing a BFA in printmaking with minors in psychology and philosophy, Emily moved to Seattle, where she received an MFA from the University of Washington in 2005. The death of both of her parents in a car accident later that year precipitated a spiritual crisis that resulted in a dramatic restructuring of her creative priorities, which shifted from a focus on the creation of art objects toward an emphasis on music as a ritualistic, performative medium.
Emily has performed and exhibited at a number of local and national venues including Family Business Gallery in New York, Seattle's Bumbershoot Festival, University of Washington's Henry Art Gallery, and Seattle University's Hedreen Gallery. Her writing has also appeared in a number of national and local publications, including Decoder Magazine, The Stranger, and City Arts.She worked as the Director of the Antique Print Department at Davidson Galleries from 2005-2010 and has worked for Seattle boutique and community arts space Cairo since 2011.