Katelyn Krabacher is a sculpture artist based in Chicago. She is currently studying for her Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art with an emphasis in Ceramics, and a second major in Art History from Northeastern Illinois University. She was awarded Best in 3D in the 2020 NEIU Juried Art Show. She is a recent recipient of the Art and Merit Scholarship from NEIU. Through clay, nature, astrology and magic, Katelyn explores demons from her past, the current reality and the spirituality found through the process.
"At the Altar of My Demons" is a preservation of past demons and the growth that has come of the trauma. It is based around the astrological phenomenon that happens when Saturn returns to the same position that it was in when an individual is born, called Saturn Returns. This transit happens every 27-30 years. The first time Saturn returns a person will go through immense changes dealing with personal beliefs, life choices and the ideal future will fall into place. It’s our celestial coming of age. The reality of our time on Earth sets in, death comes to reality and choices being made flow in the direction of where our true identity aligns.
The works are ceramic renderings of preserved organic forms representing the trauma that developed from the first 27 years of life. The demons of the past are dead and yet are on display. It will always be a part of the present and future. Imbedded in the sculptures are objects that don’t belong and heighten the consequences of the past demons. Change is uncomfortable; it can happen without any intention, it can be forced upon us and we are faced with our new reality. These objects emphasize this moment of growth and the transformation into the new timeline. Each preserved trauma and impending change surround an ancestral altar. The altar heals the ancestral trauma passed down through generations. Above the altar is the skull of time and death, it is what humanity prays to everyday. Like most humans I use spirituality to cope with my reality and the unknown; death. The interaction of the altar with the sculptures emphasize the need to embrace the metamorphosis into the next chapter of life.