Engle Studio

press kit
This area is for updates and news regarding Madelynne Engle and her art.

Fire Update
On 22 October, Madelynne Engle lost her her home, private sculpture paths, and nearby studio to the Southern California wild fires. This area of her website is to keep her family, friends, patrons, and supporters informed as to her current status. Engle's temporary studio is located at the Husby Barn (by appointment only).

Mailing Address:
626 Braemar Terrace
Fallbrook, California, USA 92028 Phone: 760.731.3158
E-mail: m@englestudio.com
On the Web: EngleStudio.com

Want to help?
Here are two ways to help in the aftermath of this loss:
1 Spread the word... Madelynne and Jerry lost their home and beloved sculpture paths. Madelynne lost her studio and creative materials. We all lost a precious and inspirational retreat. This loss is personal to be sure, but it is also a deep wound to the community and artistic culture. The good news is that Engle will build anew - different, no doubt, but an inspirational rising of the phoenix... A source of hope and optimism in troubled times. The following link is a quickly assembled press release. Directing this release to persons in the media who may be able to help would be one way to assist in the recovery process.
San Diego Fires Destroy an Artistic Retreat (1.1MB PDF)
2 Restock the Studio... Engle's work is a great collection of things made re-seen! The stuff most of us call clutter and discard, Engle revives in her works of art. The fires took her stockpile of traditional creative materials, like brushes and paint, but it also took these oft-ignored treasures her work is so frequently composed with. On December 2nd, between 11am and 3pm, Madelynne will be hosting a "Receiving" in response to the friends, family, and supporters that have so generously offered to help her restock her studio supplies. Bring a contribution, new or what you might spare (or be thinking of discarding) and join us at 3770 Poppy Lane to help in the recovery process.
Out of the Ashes (28KB PDF)

Tested by fire...
Photos by Michael Campbell (Michael Campbell's Website)

10 Nov 2007
Diane Bell, San Diego Union—Tribune
 

For artist, fire means break from the past
San Diego Union—Tribune November 10, 2007

On Oct. 21, Madelynne Engle held an art walk featuring about 100 of her sculptures and artistic creations tucked into the woods and gardens of her 2½-acre Fallbrook property. To the artist's delight, a respected art dealer later told her, “It's been years since I stood before a work of art and wept – and Sunday I did.”

The sculpture was part of Engle's most recent “Seduction and Scorchmarks” series, a topic that proved more prophetic than Engle could have dreamed.

The next day, she and her husband, Jerry Helgeson, evacuated as fires loomed around them. She escaped with her sandals and work jeans and little else.

The couple returned nearly a week later to what Engle calls “ground zero” – “there was nothing left intact.” More than 30 years of creative energy, supplies and art inventory had been destroyed, including 200 artworks in her nearby studio.

“There is a peaceful quiet that falls over a place that has been burned to the ground,” Engle says, “no familiar birds, no tick of a clock or hum of the fridge, no ring of a phone. It occurs to me what a clean break with the past a fire is. Unlike the floods I have experienced where often there are things to be salvaged, dried out, sprayed and cleaned for mildew, there is only a powder of ash everywhere you look. No decisions to be made, just gone.” Only a small niche in her woods remained unscathed. Interestingly, it held her “Madonnas,” “Sonic Prayer Vessels,” “Cathedral of the Oughts” and outdoor “living room,” where many a family celebration had occurred.

Generous offers have since come from friends and strangers – a tennis buddy's barn in Bonsall will become Engle's temporary studio; a friend of a friend's 30-foot mobile home will be set up on the property. The couple will rebuild their house, but Engle won't try to re-create her lost art, including an obelisk she had sold for $15,000 the day before the fire but hadn't yet delivered.

Always an artist first, Engle views the disaster as an invitation to stand on her land anew and ask what it wants to be. Friends are invited to bring orphaned earrings, broken bracelets, old watches, eyeglasses, fabric, feathers, car parts and other castoffs to her studio barn-warming next month to kick off her new series, “Burnt Offerings.”

Her artistic specialty has long been taking discarded, broken, unwanted items and turning them into art – so that's what she will now do with her melted silverware and other family treasures recovered from her home's ashes.

Engle takes solace in the advice of a wise neighbor long ago in St. Charles, Mo. The woman, who still plowed her fields at age 78, told her, “If there is ever anything you need that you do not have, then just come to me... and I will show you how to live without it.”