When a couple of her jobs ended last March, photographer Kat Wilson of Fayetteville decided to quit struggling to cobble together various ways to make money and just concentrate on her work. The result is “The Year of the Kat,” which will feature a continuation of her “Habitat” series (including the above, “The Sharps”), works in her “Warrior Women” series, a “Selfie-Throne” and her emoji paintings when it opens March 4 at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith. The show is in the Windgate Art & Design Gallery; there will be a reception from 5-7 p.m. March 15.
The “Warrior Women” series features women, breasts bared, decked out for battle in various ways: A vest made of metal buttons, a tulle headdress, swords, beads and so forth. Wilson has collaborated with her aunt, Trisha Guting, who makes costumes for a theater group, on the series. When Wilson needed a self-portrait for a magazine, she went to Guting. “I said, ‘Hey Trisha, will you make me look like Athena?’ ” The idea, Wilson says on her website, is “to dissect, redefine, and rectify a women’s clothes to create armor that helps empower women during these strange hard times.” There will be four “Warrior Women” photographs in the show.
Wilson also has two photographs from her “Habitat” series, in which she places people among their possessions, in the “Personal Space” exhibition at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville.