Sculptural artist Betsy Enzensberger's has become know for her realistic resin sculptures of frozen treats. Her Dripping and Melting Pop series play on a childlike lure that artificially instills instant desire.
What’s your preferred medium to express yourself and you work? How did you come into working that way?
I was trained as an abstract painter, however resin is my preferred medium. I found my way to resin through years of painting and searching to find meaning within myself and my art. I saw a print mounted on 1” of plexi and admired the thickness and shine of the print. I wanted to bring that edge and rich depth to my paintings and the answer was resin. The resin learning curve was lengthy as my paintings naturally evolved from flat to sculptural - each time I would try to scale back to a 2 dimensional surface, the depth would slowly increase again. There was no way to fight the evolution to 3D works
As I began to embrace the sculptural quality of resin I felt like a kid in a candy shop, literally creating bright works of art. While my early work wasn’t centered around sweet treats the candy colored resin chips and scraps left behind inspired me to first create melting ice cream cones and then melting popsicles.
Where did you grow up and do you think that’s affected, at all, your vision as an artist? Does your current environment affect your work?
I’m currently located in Los Angeles, but grew up in the other coast. Born and raised in NY, I was your typical kid; loved being around animals, played outside with the neighborhood kids, ran after the ice cream man every time I heard that magical song.
I was obsessed with Bob Ross and literally painted with him every day. There were a stack of VHS tapes with recorded episodes so I could rework paintings. Once I returned home from a day at the beach and foundI had mistakenly recorded The Price Is Right. Still upset about that.
What was your dream growing up as a child?
To be a dog mom. Mission accomplished. Never in my life did I think I would be making Popsicles for a living. (Making Mama proud)
What has become most important to you or your work at this moment in your life?
The most important element of my work is JOY. I enjoy making the popsicles and love to hear people excited about collecting a piece of art that makes them smile and brings some whimsy to their collections.
Is there any specific moment(s) or memory in your life that pushed you
definitively towards the arts or to pursue your creative ambitions?
I wouldn’t say anything really pushed me towards the arts. I’ve always identified as an artist and its something I’ve done and continue to do despite it being an unconventional living…. There has always been a fire inside me that kept me driven toward the goal, even if it “would never make any money” or “isn’t a real job.” What drives me now is the work itself. Resin is complicated and extremely physically demanding. I love the hard work because it results in super cool sculptures. Not everyone is cut out for it.
Who or what would you say is your biggest inspiration(s) and how do you think
they/it have influenced your work?
Biggest inspiration is the resin itself. The material begins as a warm, sexy, viscous soup. With some sweat and skill, it can be transformed into the most amazingly delicious things.
What is your definition of ‘art’, even if it’s total bullshit?
Art is what keeps me from going out at night, it’s that energy that makes my heart race until I create whatever it is I’m dreaming of. I believe that is what art is for every artist.