These rag-rug sculpture are rooted in a cherished childhood memory that is steeped in the African American traditions of weaving and quilting making. His parents worked in a cotton mill and his mother, grandmother, and great grandmother made quilts.
Ramekon weaves individual rag rugs and stacks them one on top of the other until they are tall enough to reference the body. This is his way of acknowledging the enormous amount of human labor required to maintain the global textile and garment industries.
Born in Kernersville, North Carolina, Ramekon earned a M.Div. from Duke University Divinity School in 1986. He was an artist-in-residence at the de Young Museum (2013), the Djerassi Resident Artists Program (2003), and the Vermont Studio Center (1991), and has received grants from the San Francisco Foundation, the San Francisco Arts Commission Cultural Equity Program, and Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue, New York, NY. He was a 2014 Eureka Fellow, awarded by the Fleishhacker Foundation, San Francisco.