My sculptures break out of rough stone and wood coming to life by form, movement and emotion. I am inspired by the beauty within nature and the dynamics of human form moving through space. With organic forms I celebrate the connection of all living things, breaking out of constructs, or being still and introspective.
Ms. Engel has exhibited her sculpture extensively in both New York City and Providence, Rhode Island. Her work has been purchased by private collectors in the United States and France, and is also part of the Art Students League of New York’s permanent collection. Awards include the Nessa Cohen Memorial Grant, Calvary Baptist Church Award, Leila Gardin Sawyer Award, Harriet W. Fishmuth Award, the Allied Artists of America Members and Associates Award, a Certificate of Merit from the Salmagundi Club, the Council of American Societies, Inc. In Memory of Will Barnet, and most reently The Anna Hyatt Huntington award for Best of Show. She is a member of Long Island City Artists,Queens, an elected member of Allied Artists of America and newly elected board member at Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club.
Ms. Engel earned a BA in Liberal Arts Rhode Island College and a Certificate in Graphic Design at the Center for the Media Arts in New York. She discovered her passion for sculpture at the Art Students League of New York, studying with Rhoda Sherbell, Barney Hodes, and Seiji Saito, and during her time at the Pietrasanta Carving School in Italy. She currently lives and has a studio in Long Island City, NY.
‘Divinity’ and the encyclopedic reference:
‘supernatural power’ ~ I prefer ‘supernatural strength’
My Philosophical Observation:
‘All’ Your ‘Sculptural Works’ signify ‘infinite motion similar
to birds at flight, or the illuminate rising light of the sun,
and thereby transcends into a visual poetic or musical
rhythm ~ signified through apparent motions of form, shapes
and refined 3D sculptural composition.
The meaning of ‘divinity’ to my heart~soul~mind
Is the ‘Pulse of Authentic’ Artmaking; ‘You’ have this
rare artistic pulse or light or flame from within your
Soul ~ Heart and Creative Mind’s Eye ~ JA
Respectfully ~ Golden Hughs
by Silya Kiese
Kiese is a contemporary sculptor, teacher and lecturer. Her large scale sculptures have been exhibited in solo & group exhibitions internationally. She has been a recipient of public art commissions and her sculptures are in numerous private collections. Her work has been published widely, including in <SCULPTURE MAGAZINE>. She has lectured at Rutgers University, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Seattle Pacific University, Evergreen State College, Washington; Silvermine School of Art, Connecticut; The University of California at Berkeley and The School of Visual Arts, New York City. Silya currently teaches at the Art Students League of New York in NYC.