Artist: Betsy Enzensberger
Title: Floral Popsicle #8
Size: 12.7h x 7.6w x 7.62d cm (5h x 3w x 3d in)
Media: Resin, imitation flower, ink and wood
'Floral Popsicle #8' is a new 100% hand-made, resin sculpture by Betsy Enzensberger. Of this series of popsicles, the artist has written
"The "Floral" series was something I began a few years back. Recently, I had a collector request a sculpture with several floral popsicles. Each imitation flower was submerged in a fine clear resin and then embellished with crystals. The rounded corners of the sculpture created a very cool warping of the flowers, while the crystals added another dimension of sparkle and color. After I made them, I was in awe over their beauty. I realized right then and there that I should revive the project once a year in a limited series of only 20."
Each and every sculpture in the 20 piece series will be unique. Some will simply be submerged flowers. Some will be embellished with crystals. Some will have attached imitation butterflies. Few of them will have all of the above. They are all signed and dated on the bottom.
American artist Betsy Enzensberger has become well known for her realistic, larger-than-life sculptures of dripping, frozen treats and other sweet-toothed delights.
Resin looks like candy. It looks delicious and sweet. The shiny exterior has a wet, melting quality. Her Melting series relies on the childlike lure of sweet, sticky lollipops and popsicles to artificially instill intense desire. The colorful confections practically beg to be rescued and consumed. Bringing the kitsch, pop art theme to the 3D realm, her sculptures have a tangible, irresistible quality that delight the onlooker.
“Resin – I love it. It’s beautiful, sexy, mysterious. It’s also toxic, messy, and extremely labour intensive to sculpt. There’s just something about it I can’t resist. I dream about it. I want to touch it. I want to eat it.”
Care: Dust with air or wipe with a damp cloth. Resin will become soft when hot and brittle when cold. Please keep your sculptures inside, as sun can damage the materials.