Mary Engel’s lifelong love and respect for animals and the connection she feels with them has been her artistic inspiration for over thirty years. Many of the endangered animals depicted in recent sculptures have been covered with ammo to reveal the animal’s beauty and grace as well as draw attention to the atrocities perpetrated against them for their horns, tusks, heads and internal organs.
The sculptures are created using wire, mesh, epoxy and objects. Each piece is built from the paws or hooves up, is hollow and unique. Engel’s aspiration is to create whimsical, animated creatures using gesture and ‘movement’ to capture a presence she feel animals possess.
Originally from Chicago Engel moved to Athens, GA in 1993. Her work has shown and been reviewed nationally since 1986 in galleries, art fairs and museums.