Artist Statement Katie Creyts explores transformation, rites of passage, and identity. In folk and fairytales, the rules are made clear. Do not go into the forest. Do not talk to strangers. Do not stay out past midnight. The protagonist just cant follow the rules. She must start the wheels of change. With the use of refashioned prom dresses, gilded mirrors, her great grandmothers hair, and other materials, Creyts muses on the broken rules and fabricates her own versions of the fictional outcomes.
Biography Katie Creyts is an artist and Associate Professor of Art at Whitworth University in Spokane. Her work is strangely resonant idiosyncratic objects and installations that reframe reality and fantasy by entangling these themes in found and created objects. She utilizes glassmaking along with a variety of sculpting processes to create her work. Creyts has an MFA from Illinois State University, and a BFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University. She has received scholarship for study at The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Pilchuck Glass School, and The Studio at the Corning Museum.