For this issue, the TSQ fashion section features the sculptures of Emmett Ramstad. Photos of his sculptures are accompanied by a statement by Ramstad, as well as notes related to the production of the sculptures. The accompanying notes highlight the significance of memorialization, intimacy, and collectivity in the collection of sculptures. As Ramstad notes in the statement below, Touching Each Other features undergarments and grooming tools to highlight the worn patterns of everyday life: bent bristles, worn socks, and folded underwear. Ramstad provokes us to reconsider the intimate garments that rub up against our skin and protect our skin as sites that are private and reframes them as sites of difference and collectivity. Ramstad's work provides an alternative frame for thinking about fashion, fashioning, garments, and grooming. The play between the public and private open up how we might think about intimacies...
Emmett Ramstad's Touching Each Other
Emmett Ramstad is an artist whose work investigates the intimate ordinary through sculptural representations of bodies and their detritus. Ramstad lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and has exhibited artworks nationally and internationally, including solo exhibitions at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Rochester Art Center.
Emmett Ramstad, Francisco J. Galarte; Emmett Ramstad's Touching Each Other. TSQ 1 August 2018; 5 (3): 495–501. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/23289252-6901386
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