Katy Itter is a fiber artist /sculptor based in the Hudson Valley. Originally from Seattle, she moved to New York for grad school, and shortly after, started freelancing as an artist making Anthropologie displays at Rockefeller Center and other various locations in New York and Connecticut. Her work explores the art of repetition, obsession and the ways that social media makes us yearn for flawlessness. Images of femininity, celebrities, body positivity as well as cultural phenomena are frequently glitched before translating into fiber art in order to question the reality the images live in. Katy has shown work in group shows around Seattle, Los Angeles, Toronto, Rome, London, and New York City. She has also shown work at the Queens Museum and Dorsky Museum of Art.
Social media has had an enormous impact on our culture, changing the way we construct expectations. It has given us a perfection filtered window, and completely changed the rules of fame and fortune. My work reflects the relationship we have with the internet and its effect on our everyday experiences and identities.
First, I take images of celebrities, body positivity as well as cultural phenomena and glitch them to question the reality they live in. Glitching is the process of purposely breaking up visuals to mimic digital flaws in a computer. The images I choose help me construct narratives that reflect modern femininity and contemporary culture. I use a range of subjects and influences to produce these glitched images through traditional craft mediums, like embroidery.
Process is an important element of my work. Each piece is rendered with digital editing software before translating into fiber art. These craft mediums require a lot of patience and attention to detail. Simple steps are repeated thousands of times, creating a meditative relationship with the material. Patterns, repetition and ritual frequently appear in my work, revealing a religious nature and expressing an obsession with an unattainable perfection.
Playing with notions of perfection and expectation is something that I have always been interested in and seems increasingly relevant in the social discourse. Making art becomes an exploration of self love in a world that is constantly showering us with alienating social norms. I aim to question these social norms and why we are so quick to accept them.