Artist Statement & Biography
Throughout history, practices to enhance and modify the human body have been exploited all over the world. We live in an evolving age of self-obsession where cosmetic surgery is considered an acceptable and casual vehicle for achieving cultural ideals of beauty. Aspiring to be beautiful has become such a paramount concern that we have turned to dangerous and sometimes life threatening procedures to postpone the natural process of aging or to drastically modify our physical appearance in an attempt to make our bodies more aesthetically pleasing.
My objects are intended to urge the viewer to reflect upon the superficiality of cosmetic surgery. The instruments themselves are intended to beautify and prevent the eventual expiration of youthfulness. These instruments will ultimately outlive the patient, whose flesh is ephemeral in nature. Through my work, I wish to denounce the significance of these procedures, and urge my viewer to question these popular practices and ideologies.
Katelyn Butler is a Virginia native and current MFA candidate at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Metalsmithing from Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri. Since her graduation from the BFA program in spring 2015 she has completed a two-month artist residency at Tainan National University for the Arts in Taiwan.
She is the winner of the 2014 Women’s Jewelry Association Designer/Creator scholarship, the first undergraduate and twice recipient to be awarded the 2015 & 2017 Society for Midwest Metalsmiths Merit Scholarship, and the recipient of the 2014 Society of North American Goldsmiths student scholarship to attend the annual conference. Her work has been included in juried exhibitions in the USA and Japan.