|Birth:||Jun. 6, 1975|
Los Angeles County
|Death:||Jul. 24, 2016|
California, USA [Edit Dates]
Mary Elizabeth "Betsy" Davis was born in Los Angeles, California on June 6, 1975. Her father was Jay Emerson Davis (1940). Her mother was Judith "Judy" Ann Childress (1942-1996). Her sister was Kelly Davis.
Betsy mercifully passed away on her own terms surrounded by her loving family and friends in her home in Ojai, California after two days of celebration of her life.
"The California multi-media and performance artist Betsy Davis was among the first people to end her life last month under the state’s new doctor-assisted dying law. The 41-year-old, who was diagnosed three years ago with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, planned a two-day party on 23-23 July for her friends and family, who gathered at her home in Ojai, California to say goodbye."
"More than 30 guests came from across the country for the event, which included music, pizza and tamales, and a screening of Davis’s favourite film, The Dance of Reality, by the Chilean-French director Alejandro Jodorowsky. “Under her guidance, I’d put sticky notes next to items around the house, explaining their significance,” Davis’s sister Kelly wrote of the experience this week. “She invited everyone to ‘take a Betsy souvenir’ to remember her.”
Kelly stated “My sister is an example of exactly what the law intended to do: allow a dying young woman the ability to assert control over the chaos and uncertainty of terminal illness,” Kelly Davis wrote. “She turned death into a reason to celebrate, and she was there to enjoy the party.”
Betsy graduated from Art Center College of Design with a Bachelors in Fine Art. She also graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a Masters in Art.
Betsy was a recipient of the Scotland Saltire Scholarship, 2011; Getty Center, artist grant: "Movement and the Visual Arts", 2006; Art Center College of Design, award for honors, 1996-2000; and Award for independent study abroad (Milan, Italy), Art Center College of Design, 1999.
Betsy was a lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, UK 2011, Art Center College, Pasadena, CA 2006, Parson's School of Design, New York City 2005, UCLA School of Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA 2004 and USC School of Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA 2004.
Betsy had solo exhibitions at the Bank Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2004, 2005 and the Haus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2003. She had group exhibitions at National Museum of Scotland 2012, InSpace Gallery, Scotland, Craftswoman Gallery, Pasadena, CA, Huffington Post, Conflux Digital Arts Festival, New York, St Cecilia's Convent, New York, Meridian Gallery, California, The Getty Museum, California and many others. Her artist user name was "Queen Of Plastics" which is the name of her artist website.
Betsy is predeceased by her mother Judith "Judy" Ann Childress Davis who died of breast cancer in 1996. Betsy is survived by her father Jay and sister Kelly in San Diego.
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