ILLINOIS | Betsy Youngquist
ILLINOIS | Betsy Youngquist
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Mixed media/sculptural mosaic
7"L x 7"W x 1"H
This hand sculpted form is embellished with glass beads, natural coral, antique African beads and vintage glass stones using a mosaic process. The center of the starfish features an antique hand blown glass doll eye. Eyes are often considered to be symbols of protection.
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.
Betsy started applying beads to her watercolor paintings over twenty years ago and has continued to embellish as a mainstream technique. Today the artist is known for her innovative beaded mosaics. Creating through the narrative lens of surrealistic anthropomorphism, Betsy’s sculptures explore the magical connection between man and the natural world.
When creating her embellished objects, Betsy collaborates 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 in a mosaic process, often incorporating fragments of old porcelain dolls.
During the past dozen years, Youngquist has exhibited her work at the National Museum of Women in the Arts and the Smithsonian Craft Show in Washington, D.C., the VIDA Museum in Borgholm, Sweden and the International Doll Show in Kiev, Ukraine.
“Children with their vast capacity for wonderment weave tales of gossamer, create magic kingdoms, and pass through invisible portals to lands of untold enchantment. As we follow the Yellow Brick Road in quest of Emerald Cities, those portals become hidden to us, removing our access to the wonderland within. Creating art is a means to return to the looking glass and reenter the garden where flowers whisper and birds can talk. As my beaded characters emerge they carry with them tales from the other side of the mirror. I am grateful for the joy and astonishment experienced through this journey.”