Melissa Engler | Pangolin

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Melissa Engler | Pangolin
All items are original, and signed by the artist(s).
Melissa Engler
Asheville, North Carolina

Pangolin, 2017
Walnut, milk paint
3.5 x 3.25 x 3.5 inches | 8.89 x 8.255 x 8.89 cm

"The gentle and endangered pangolin is native to Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. They eat ants and termites using a long, sticky tongue, and quickly roll up into a tight ball when threatened. Heartbreakingly, they are rapidly being hunted to extinction for their scales and meat. To emphasize their vulnerability, I made this piece the size of a baby pangolin – it fits into the very human hand that can either save or destroy it. I painted it to look like a fossil, which is what the species could become without our help. 10% of auction proceeds will be donated to the IUCN SSC Pangolin Specialist Group. More information: www.savepangolins.org

Much of my work focuses on protecting wild creatures and places. The endangered pangolin, with its ability to curl up into an almost perfect ball for defense, seemed a good fit for the "Sphere-Second Round" show. The piece is turned, rotary carved and textured, torched, and milk painted."

About the Artist

Melissa holds a B.A. in sculpture from the University of North Carolina at Asheville and is a 2010 graduate of Haywood Community College Professional Crafts Program in furniture. Her wood sculpture has been featured in Carolina Home + Garden, WNC Magazine, Woodwork Magazine, and American Craft, and is held in private collections across the U.S. Graeme and Melissa teach internationally, and their work is represented by North Carolina’s Grovewood Gallery, Penland Gallery, Green Hill Center for Art, and Surface Gallery.

Learn more: www.melissaengler.com