Headlands Center for the Arts

Project Space: Ramekon O’Arwisters



Project Space

*NOTICE: Event postponed in compliance with recent San Francisco Health Department recommendations regarding COVID-19. Check back for updates.

Work in progress: March 22–April 16; Sunday–Thursday, Noon–5PM
Final installation: April 19–April 30, Sunday–Thursday, Noon–5PM (Closed Monday, April 20)
Artist reception: Sunday, April 19, Noon–5PM

Ramekon O’Arwisters (AIR ’20) works with fabric, ceramics, and a multitude of embellishments to make sculpture. During his residency, O’Arwisters will expand on his recent series of fiber and ceramic sculptures titled Cheesecake, exploring new materials and increased scale. Cheesecake emerged from an earlier series of works, Mending, which drew inspiration from childhood memories of quilting with his grandmother—where he felt safe and accepted as a Queer Black male—during the Jim Crow era. With Mending, O’Arwisters utilized discarded household ceramics and fabric to make something whole from broken pieces. O’Arwisters pushes the sculptures into new dimensions with the Cheesecake series: dressed-up, fully actualized, and dangerously seductive.

Project Space is located on the third floor of Building 944 and is currently accessible only by stairs.

Image: Ramekon O’Arwisters, Cheesecake #8. 2019; © Ramekon O’Arwisters, photo by David Schmitz