Butch by Betsy Youngquist
Butch The Parade 8.5x8.5x3.5
The PARADE Series is about how we grapple with the fear of the unknown during a time of human crisis. While self-quarantined, I started to make little dolls and a giant beaded PEEP. Then the idea of making a parade for Easter 2020 (my 55th birthday) while sheltering in place popped into my mind and stuck. The parade ensemble became the 800 block of Royal Street in New Orleans, where a Gay Easter Parade usually passes by Myth Gallery's open doors. Butch, Gallery X, is our next door neighbor at Myth Gallery in New Orleans. He is a beautiful, tough looking soul, and is the baby on the block. He usually wears black and paints his ass off. Rumor has it he is checking on our gallery regularly during this time. Yep, he is a sweetheart. Butch, the doll, is made from a variety of repurposed materials.
- Antique doll parts
- Glass Italian seed beads circa 1800
- Old assorted glass beads and stones, European
- Swarovski flatback crystals
- Vintage mother of pearl hand-carved cross
- Hand-carved shell flowers
- Metal gator charm
- Contemporary glass beads from Japan and the Czech Republic
- All materials were hand placed using a mosaic technique.
- Sculptural elements added to the dolls before beading were created by R. Scott Long.
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