Specimen #25-Betsy Youngquist
This fascinating conglomerate sculpture is sure to turn heads with its piercing gaze. Equal parts beauty and discomfort, this fantastic creature's mosaic of jewels, beads, and limbs will never fail to attract attention. Welcome this curious beast into your home for that extra dose of artistic intrigue! Approximately 4.75"x3.25"x2.25"
I have always been fascinated with the intersection of humans, animals and mythology. My creative pursuits are centered on
exploring those connections. Beads form the backbone of the
materials I use. The colorful, textured three-dimensional nature of beadwork allows me to explore the world of detail. There is also
the history of beads as a ceremonial art material that entices me. Eyes are my narrative center. When I start a piece I start with the
eyes. In needing to meet a creature through the eyes I begin to
understand what each character wants to become. The
juxtaposition of beads with unorthodox materials had led me into the world of mosaics. I am drawn to the visual effect of beads
embedded in dirt. There is something mysterious and primal
about a dirt covered object. When creating these embellished
objects, I collaborate with sculptor R. Scott Long in designing and constructing the forms. Each piece starts as a unique carving. The surfaces are encrusted with beads and found materials, often
incorporating fragments of old porcelain dolls.