Kaya Deckelbaum is a figurative sculptor, whose art is a reflection of her Bulgarian, Israeli and Canadian Heritage. Her artistic journey began with clay.
She was then introduced to wire-mesh in Israel by sculptor Shulamit Hartal, Kaya was captured by this new medium. Analyzing the multiple shapes and forms of driftwood in British Columbia, Kaya realized that the unique properties of driftwood would be an exciting and synergistic medium for many of her sculptures.
Kaya’s preferred medium is now wire-mesh. This medium yields to her fingers and allows her to create sculptures of faces and figures that transmit a deep imagination for the viewer’s interpretation. Her art is enhanced by the flexibility, transparency and the shadows of the wire-mesh combined with the beauty of driftwood as well as other natural media.
Her sculptures cast wall shadows that provide a fourth dimension to her art. One really looks at two works, the sculpture itself and a riveting image just behind.
Kaya’s sculpture “Maapilim” is part of the permanent collection of the Hecht Museum, Haifa ,Israel. In 2015 Kaya received the Lorenzo II Magnigico 2nd prize for sculpting in the Florence Bienalle.
Her work has been shown at Box Heart Gallery, Werner Gallery, Pittsburgh; Kips Gallery, Chelsea, NY; Affordable Art NYC, Elisa Contemporary Art Gallery; ARC Gallery at MOSI, Tampa, Florida; Parallax AF NYC, NY; Faust Harrison Pianos, White Plains, NY and The Bulgarian Consulate, NY, NY.