Last month the Walker Art Center Teen Arts Council (WACTAC) journeyed to the Art of This Gallery to meet artist/designer Emmett Ramstad and chat about his recent collaboration with the BodyCartography Project 1/2 Life. I really was looking forward to introducing the group to Emmett. Aside from designing the setting and costumes for Heaven (a Walker commissioned performance by dancer Morgan Thorson and the minimalist rock group Low), Emmett was a member of the first WACTAC in 1996.
The lively discussion ranged from his artistic inspirations like the plastic island being formed by our trash in the North Pacific Gyre to the many career titles (hairdresser, food server, art handler) that he has had while maintaining a life as an artist. We also touched upon his collaboration with dancers, which led us to our most recent “Top 5” (see the video below).
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