Specimen-Betsy Youngquist

  • If you are looking for a truly unique addition to your home or art collection, look no further than this mystical creature! With its piercing gaze surrounded by beautiful jewel-tone beads, this sculpture is sure to draw a stare, and return the favor. Approximately 4.5"x2"x1.75"

  • 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.

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