Artist: Betsy Enzensberger
Title: Unicorn Dreams
Size: 183h x 89w x 89d cm (72h x 35w x 35d in)
Media: Resin, glitter, ink and wood
“I started Unicorn Dreams in the summer of 2020. It’s quite hot in Southern California in August, so the melting effect of the paint was deep in my mind. The form of the sculpture took about 6 weeks to complete, so when I actually painted the surface, it had cooled down. Nonetheless, I continued with my original vision of creating a textured, melting ice cream surface. This sculpture has a very shimmery, shiny surface which can be seen best in real life. When I stepped back and looked at the sculpture as a whole, the name just came to me. Unicorn Dreams. I mean, what could be happier than imagining what unicorns dream of at night?”
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.
Each sculpture is unique and cannot be exactly replicated. They are all signed and dated on the bottom.
“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.