We had the good fortune of connecting with Betsy Enzensberger and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Betsy, can you tell us about a book that has had a meaningful impact on you?
When I began sculpting colorful, sparkly popsicle sculptures years ago, I did it because it made me happy. After a few small art shows, I found that these tiny sculptures were creating big smiles. I thought to myself, “If I make bigger sculptures, will I make more people happy?” Now, I sculpt work from 5” tall to 6 feet tall. The drive that keeps me going is knowing that I can bring people little bits of joy with something I made. We all need a little joy right now.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
All I want to do is create. Professional artist or not, this is where I’m happiest. To build a business out of being an artist was (and is) difficult. I do everything on my own. I have no studio assistants, no accountant, no marketing professionals. I learned how to do all of this myself. Trust me, there are days when I wish I had someone to do my marketing or sand my sculptures, but I can’t imagine anyone having as much passion as I do. If you don’t have passion, you can’t do your best work.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Honestly, I can’t even think about going out and socializing right now or any time in the near future.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Three years ago Fabrik Projects took a chance by representing me as an artist. Instead of your typical gallery representation, Chris Davies provided a nurturing environment for me where I was guided to further my career based on my individual goals. I’m so grateful for that experience.