Emily Pothast: "How to Draw God from Direct Observation"
Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 7:00pm
Emily Pothast: "How to Draw God from Direct Observation"

PCPH presents the second lecture in the "Visions" series at Xhurch (4550 NE 20th Ave) by multidisciplinary artist Emily Pothast. 

Part art history lecture, part motivational sermon, “How to Draw God from Direct Observation” is a culmination of interests that have been brewing for a number of years. Fascinated by the history of human creative practice as a function of devotional inquiry, Pothast has assembled a library of images from across contexts—from traditional religious iconography to “visionary” outsider art—that aim to codify the subjective experience of the Transcendent or Divine into communicable forms. When taken as a group, the formal similarities among these images reveal uncanny insights about the perceptual mechanisms through which those of us who would endeavor to “see God” tend to do so, highlighting the narcissistic, meditative, and ultimately transformative role(s) of the artist in the evolution of spiritual and metaphysical ideas.

Emily Pothast is a visual artist, musician, writer and curator based in Seattle, WA. She is the frontwoman of the band Midday Veil, half of the installation/performance duo Hair and Space Museum and the founder of the record label and blog Translinguistic Other. Pothast studied psychology, philosophy, and art history in Texas before receiving a Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking from the University of Washington in 2005. Her work in various media reveals a deep, nuanced fascination with the interlocking mechanisms of creation, ritual, and belief. She has performed and exhibited at a number of regional 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. Pothast’s writing has appeared in a number of publications including The Stranger, City Arts and La Norda Specialo, and she worked as the Director of the Antique Print Department at Davidson Galleries in Seattle from 2005-2010.

The "Visions" series is comprised of presentations and conversations that examine the crossroads of creative practice and spiritual inspiration, through the perspective of three women in the fields of artistry, history, and philosophical research. Drawing on the studies, experiences, and practices of these speakers, the lectures consider the widespread popularity and commodification of religious practice in modern times, the universal spirit of creativity and ingenuity, and the historical contexts from which these cultural circumstances arise.

This event is free and open to the public.