Katie Creyts
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 can’t follow the rules. She must start the wheels of change. With the use of refashioned prom dresses, gilded mirrors, her great grandmother’s hair, and other materials, Creyts muses on the broken rules and fabricates her own versions of the fictional outcomes.

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.

Arlington Arts Center Exhibition Excerpt
For Katie Creyts, fairy tales, instead of being mild entertainment for children, are actually rife with darker urges, sexual content, and the dread of biological transformation. The story of Cinderella seems to be especially ripe territory: In Carriage (2007), Creyts creates a strange hybrid, crossing the pumpkin that would become Cinderella’s horse-drawn carriage with her ball gown—to create a surreal maternity outfit. In Petticoat (2007),woodland birds stitch together a dress with the sorts of trash and shiny plastic castoffs that humans inevitably leave in the forest. Thus are teen pregnancy and environmentalism shoehorned into a world that would seem to exclude them.