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Betsy Youngquist's avatar Betsy Youngquist

In late June 2010, Scott and I heard a program about the BP oil spill on NPR. Days later, I visited a new exhibit about the spill at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium in Dubuque, IA. Following the visit, I felt an urge to create a sculpture of a human covered in dark beads representing the devastation of oil. As often happens, the initial narrative transformed while the work progressed. Monarch butterfly wings became a symbol of metamorphosis. As a result, the figure moved through a spectrum of color toward healing. Sculptural elements were added in the form of towers symbolizing growth. These "towers of light" became a message of empowerment. “Metamorphosis” is a mystery. How we change and adopt an attitude of care taking for our planet is a unique journey for each of us. The tragedy of the oil spill was the catalyst that helped create this piece. Hopefully, something about her helps each of us love the oceans, the trees, and the birds a little bit more.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 6
  • Medium: Mixed Media
  • Width: 6
  • Year created: 2011
  • Height: 6