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Emily Van Engel

Artist: Emily Van Engel

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Work: Environmental issues have felt personal and urgent for me from the day I understood the gravity of global warming as a pre-teen. I devote my art practice to exploring climate change and other environmental issues, and I have turned some of my more positive-thinking art projects into greeting cards where folks can spread messages of hope and awareness. Browse my Etsy shop to see cards from several bodies of work, and please contact me if you would like me to make a custom card pack for you:

“Power From Within,” is a reproduction of a glass piece that suggests that our human power is stronger than the power that we can derive from the earth.

“Building for Us All” is a reproduction of bricks made out of paper-mâiché and paint. I invited viewers to use the bricks to make their own sculptures and formations; a collaboration in co-creating our build world.

“Intentions” depicts yoga and meditation in watercolor.

“Bracelets of two cultures” conveys my desire for collaboration instead of competition.

“Peace and Vogue” represents a series of oil paintings where I collaged fashion advertisements and made paintings from the collages while envisioning a future without environmental issues.

About: Emily Van Engel was born in Ridgewood, New Jersey. She earned a BA in French Studies and Economics at Wesleyan University and subsequently worked in environmental and affordable housing organizations for nearly a decade in Jackson, Wyoming. Given the enormity and urgency of the ecological crisis, she redirected her efforts to visual art about our relationship with our environment, which she explored while completing a BFA in Painting and Drawing from California College of the Arts and an MFA in Pictorial Art from San José State University. As an artist in residence at the Bullseye Resource Center in Emeryville, California, she made glass panels that speak to the cognitive dissonance she feels about living in today’s ecological crisis. She showed this work at Bullseye’s “In Residence: Bay Area” and in Women Eco Artist Dialog’s juried show “Reclaiming Earth” at the San Francisco Public Library. Van Engel co-curated “Patterns of Disintegration” at Works Gallery in San José, California, which also included her paintings that she made out of air pollution sediment. Most recently, her abstract watercolors that seek what it feels like to support each other to create a society and environment in balance were included in Richmond Art Center’s online show “This Land Is Me,” presented as part of the national series “Extraction: Art on the Edge of the Abyss.”

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Last Note: Visit my artist portfolio and contact me through my website at You can also visit my shop on Redbubble to apply my art on clothing, stationery and accessories:

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