"Najin" | Mary Engel
$ 18,000.00

"Najin" | Mary Engel

14"H x 24"L x 9"W

Free standing sculpture

Mary Engel has been sculpting animals for over 30 years. Her desire is to depict the animal as an individual, reveal their profound spirit and call attention to the needs of its herd, pack, pod or family. Her intention is to share stories for those who cannot speak for themselves and to advocate for multi species environmental justice. This body of work is a response to the unprecedented global crisis of species loss and endangerment. The grief Engel feels at this loss is rivaled only by the beauty of the animal’s presence. Engel responds to this simultaneous joy and sadness by creating pieces that are a celebration of the animal.

Rhinoceros have been evolving for over 55 million years. Though born in captivity the last two northern white rhinos that will ever exist have been moved to Kenya and are protected 24/7. I named the most recent rhino sculptures, "Najin" and "Fatu" to honor them. I wanted to reflect Najin’s strength and elegance. Her stance is stoic yet peaceful. She is embellished with hundreds of animals, pearls, jewels, buttons and crystals.