De Meern, 1950
‘I want to show the joy in art, make people happy!’
Engelien started her sculpting lessons in 1998. Chiseling in stone brought her so much pleasure it became a passion. Engelien: 'Observing a piece of raw stone I have selected grow into a beautiful sculpture is a fascinating process. The stone often tells me what it is or will become. Unexpected things, like a fault or crack, make surprising images come to the fore.' This is how her KMEK series was born.
‘KMEK means Art With a Wink in Dutch. The KMEK's are birds whose heads always have a smile. When people look at my birds and smile I see it as a compliment! Then I know that I have achieved what I want.' Engelien also makes expressionistic sculptures and sculptures with abstract and organic shapes. She uses serpentine, albast and euville, and some of her work is reproduced in bronze or neolith.