emily ann pothast

Biography

emily pothast

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. She also writes a blog called Translinguistic Other, runs an indie record label of the same name, curates occasional art exhibitions at her in-home gallery TaRLA Transdimensional Art Portal, and has co-organized multimedia music events as a member of the Portable Shrines Collective.

Emily spent the first eleven years of her life on a farm in rural Iowa. Much of this time was spent playing on abandoned farm equipment, idolizing Kenny Rogers, and crying because she was the only girl in her class who wasn't invited to Traci Mannetter's birthday party at Hardee's.

In 1990, Emily moved with her family to Wichita Falls, Texas, a stronghold of fundamentalist Christianity which has, due to its demographics, been called the "most average city in America." It was here that she developed a life-long obsession with ritual and belief that continually surfaces through her work in various media.

Upon completing a BFA degree in printmaking, 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 Emily's 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, where Hair and Space Museum once staged a 12-hour improvisation, transforming the space into a vibrating pocket cathedral of deep, meditative light and sound. Her writing has also appeared in a number of publications, including The Stranger, visual art periodical LxWxH and the inaugural issue of Free Sheep Foundation's Headless Hunter zine.