|Vicki Combridge "The Mermaid's Message"|
|Michael Sibel "Rising Angel"|
"Michael Sibel’s bronze and corten steel work, Rising Angel, was .. the winner of the Tesselaar Sculpture Prize for 2019. ... One of the major strengths of Michael’s remarkable piece is the subtle way that it sits between both figuration and abstraction. It seems to reach for another place, transcending the confines of the ground, which in turn signifies a desire to reach a further or higher spiritual plane. It has an apparent simplicity that disguises a subtlety of form and meaning, which raise poignant questions about our relationship to place and history. The reductionist two-directional form, an anthropomorphic flicker of recognition to the figure, is elegant, sensuous and evocative and creates a visually stimulating work, which generates a focus on the dynamic link between instinctive impulses and cerebral longings for contemplation. This is further evidenced by the connection the figurative form has with the space beneath, almost a loose representation of infinity, that forms its base.
I congratulate Michael for creating what I believe to be a sophisticated and thought-provoking contemporary artwork that will continue to fascinate and intrigue the viewer into the future. And I am certain that it will make a worthy addition to the existing Tesselaar sculpture collection."