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2021 SPE Annual Conference: Imagining Legacy: Archives, Collections, and Memoria

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Kat Wilson

SPE Member since 2011
Member Chapter: South Central

Warrior Women

Kat Wilson's Warrior Women series draws on the doctrine of strength in vulnerability, showing each subject with breasts bared, dressed in handmade armor that tells the stories of the battles they have fought and that readies them for the battles they have yet to face. Wilson utilizes the diagonal composition of baroque warrior portraits to create images that testify to the ferociousness of femme people ready to spring into motion to forge a path forward for others.

The armor is created by Trisha Guting in an evolving collaborarion.

Trisha Guting is a Pinay American artist based in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where she founded the Out of Hand Artists Collective. A maker of "trash art," Guting uses traditional leatherworking and bamboo construction methods as well as repurposed materials to blend the visual and healing arts. Guting has created costumes, accessories, and installations for Artist Laboratory Theatre, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and independent fashion shows. Her accessory line, Onahli launched in 2012.

Warrior Women: Trisha Gutting

Warrior Women: Kat Wilson

Warrior Women: Stephanie King

Warrior Women: Tina Oppeheim

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