Katy Itter (b. 1987, Seattle) is a fibers and mixed media sculpture artist who lives and works in New York. She received her MFA from SUNY New Paltz in 2015 and her BA in Interdisciplinary Visual Arts at the University of Washington in 2009. Her work has been exhibited in shows internationally, including Dorsky Museum of Art, Queens Museum, and Williamsburg Art and Historical Center.
My work communicates what it feels like to be female in a society saturated by spectacle and digital culture. With modern technology, we are able to digitally create an ideal image of ourselves, giving us the ability to write our own identity and to share it with the rest of the internet. This perpetuates the myth of the ideal woman, othering anyone not able to fit inside the mold. Using digital platforms as inspiration, the mediums I work with are chosen intentionally, helping me question cultural standards of beauty and the grotesque, as well as their effect on us all.
Cross stitch and Embroidery are mediums that I work with the most. They are historically feminine crafts that are usually considered “women’s work” rather than a legitimate fine art medium. Rozsika Parker wrote about the history of needlework and its association with femininity in, The Subversive Stitch. She defines femininity as “the behavior expected and encouraged in women, though obviously related to the biological sex of the individual, is shaped by society.” She argues that “changes in ideas about femininity that can be seen reflected in the history of embroidery are striking confirmation that femininity is a social and psychosocial product.”The parallels between social views of femininity and embroidery bring a historical context and a gendered narrative to the work I make.