In response to CDC guidelines that American citizens limit their
excursions outside of the home as much as possible, artist Kat Wilson has launched a project that may help people see their homes in a new light.
Wilson invites anyone interested to participate in an interactive art piece as an extension of heracclaimed Habitats series by sharing photos of their quarantine environment in the Habitats style.
Participants are invited to use the following question as a prompt: If someone saw your photo a hundred years from now, what would they know about you and about this time from seeing your habitat?
Participants are encouraged to take their time setting up their composition, thinking about the significance of their objects and the location they have chosen to shoot.
Those interested should visit the Quarantine Habitat section of this website, www.katwilsonartist.com, to familiarize
themselves with the signature style of the series, which includes a triangle composition, a dramatic light source, and objects that represent their experience of this time. Participants should pose with their objects in a proud, stoic stance.
Those who choose to participate should share their compositions with her on these platforms or post them with the hashtag #quarantinehabitats.
Wilson believes the project has the potential to help people work through their anxiety and renegotiate their sense of place during a complicated time. “Art is therapy and art does heal,” she
The project will run throughout the time it is recommended for citizens to stay in their homes.
Theatrical, participatory, and humanistic, my work often involves collaboration with others, including, in many of my photography projects, the subjects of the photos themselves. I see my artistic role as that of a medium. Channeling different modes of communication across time, my
photography, paintings, and installations move within and between
of-the-present lexicons like the selfie and the emoji and centuries-old compositional techniques to lend a sense of the metaphysical to familiar objects and spaces.My greatest achievements are when my works communicate indiscriminately to the public.
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