Duality, mischief, transfiguration, enchantment, and amusement are the narrative themes she masterfully toys within capturing the fragments of her experience. Inspired greatly by the unknown, the surreal, the mythical, and folklore: Betsy Youngquist’s creations are a must-see when you are in New Orleans. We invite you to explore the portal into their surreal worlds.
Through the creative life they share, Betsy & Scott work to tell the tales of human truths, overlapping dimensional realities along the line of a conscious continuum.
It is their pledge to you to never cease to search for the elusive line between logic and the mystic.
1. Tell me more!
I work a lot with my partner Scott Long, who is a sculptor, on large pieces. He makes a sculpture or carving and I bead it. I use contemporary beads and stones and antique doll parts and eyes.
After being exposed to American Indian and African beadwork in my 20’s, I liked the tribal feel to it. I feel like it’s all connected to the ground, hence I like to make the beads appear to be in dirt. All of the energy of the materials are now into this piece of work.
I’m also fond of using purses from the 1800s. I take the metal and the microbeads out and repurpose them. The person who once used this purse, their energy is now in a piece of art. I’m weaving historical pieces and bringing all the energy together.
2. How long have you been in business?
Professionally, about 21 years ago. I started with paintings and then began glueing beads on them. While I was in undergrad, I worked with watercolors. The pieces never looked complete to me – that’s when I began adding the beading.
In 2005 I went from 2D work to 3D. The narrative was still the same, I just had a need to add more texture.
3. How do people find you online?
4. What is lesser known about your business that you wish more people knew?
I also put items into the sculptures. For example, we had a piece that was a beaded cake. Scott added some items to the inside of it that made it rattle if you moved it.
There was another piece, Muninn (a raven/crow,) that on the inside of it right where the heart would be, Scott carved a cavern and we put ashes of our deceased dog Chaco in it. There were two crow babies that were in the yard with Chaco as his health declined. Muninn is a memorial piece to him.
5. Lagniappe Info.
The Myth Gallery is formerly known as Gallery Two.
The Myth Gallery also has a Bead Bar. It’s a bead buffet where people are welcome to come in and style their own necklaces using some of the antique tribal beads that I frequently use in my work.
My history with New Orleans runs deep. My great-grandmother lived here for a spell and painted watercolors of the French Quarter. They are interesting because it was before there were any skyscrapers in the background. My mother went to Tulane and my grandfather came here for his post graduate work. New Orleans is very dear to my heart.
Find Betsy and her work in the French Quarter at the Myth Gallery – located at 831 Royal!