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betsy youngquist’s sculptural mosaics

Betsy Youngquist admits to a fascination with “the intersection of humans, animals, and mythology.”  In 2004 her work took a critical turn when she moved away from beaded paintings and began creating the sculptural mosaic figures that have become her signature.

 

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Milli, wallpiece

Youngquist, who holds a Master’s degree in art education from the University of Wisconsin, makes sculptural mosaic figures that are part animal, part human and all powerful. The figures begin as a form which she embellishes in a mosaic style using vintage beads, antique porcelain doll parts and other re-purposed objects held in place with black grout.

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Norman

Central to the success of each piece is her use of antique human prosthetic eyes, antique doll eyes and doll taxidermy eyes that allow her to bring a degree of humanity to the animal forms. Listen to the artist speak about her work here.

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Wink and Rocky

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Buzz

Animals are as invested in our experience as we are in theirs. Sometimes I think we want to see ourselves in these creatures in order to hear the messages they bring. I know I do. Betsy Youngquist

 

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