by Jen Graves
on Thu, Aug 26, 2010 at 11:38 AM
By Joanna Wecht, 2008
Emily, whenever you may find her.
Certain Saturday nights, Emily Pothast wears all white, takes the stage with three men also wearing all white—all of them becoming the screens upon which video projections play for the next hour and a half—and opens her mouth very wide to let out some very incredible sounds that seem to come from a place very deep inside her. This is her fronting the psychedelic band Midday Veil, which you really need to see.
But I happen to live across a little courtyard from Emily in a Capitol Hill apartment building, and there are plenty of other, quieter nights when I catch a glimpse of her in the window, framed in dim light, hunched over the drawing table, making drawings for the band's posters and CD covers.
Some of her drawings are the most recent objects in Tether Design Gallery's show Thunderbitch: Women Designers in Northwest Rock 1966-2010, which runs through this Saturday, August 28. Pothast wrote about it in this week's paper:
Thunderbitch's evocative title refers to a pseudonym used by the endlessly fascinating Catherine Weinstein, a seminal 1960s and '70s illustrator from Portland who, in addition to being an erstwhile female race-car driver who excelled in the male-dominated field of professional gig poster design, happened to be a gun enthusiast who once shot a neighbor for making too much noise at a party celebrating the birth of his child.
The bitchez are here. A great interview by Joey Veltkamp with Pothast is here.