Ramekon O'Arwisters was born and raised in Kernersville, North Carolina. He graduated from Duke University's Divinity School in 1986; he earned a B.A. in psychology and political science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1982. His work is informed by a cherished childhood memory that is steeped in the African American tradition of weaving and quilting. Ramekon explores the context of resistance and conformity between control and freedom by weaving free-form, organic fabric sculptures, adhering to no patterns, not set of rules, no focus on function. Ramekon has no reverence for systems of control. He is the recipient of the 2014 Eureka Fellowship Award administered by the Fleishhacker Foundation and a 2002 Artadia Award. He is the former curator of fine-art photography at the SFO Museum and a guest lecturer at various Bay Area colleges.
IMAGE: Crochet Jam with Vanderbilt University students on Alternative Spring Break in San Francisco at the Tenderloin National Forest, San Francisco 2016