Born in 1957, Elena Lichtsteiner belongs to a family of artists, with both her parents graduates of the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. In 1960 the family emigrated to São Paulo, Brazil. In 1979 she moved to Basel, Switzerland. Gradually she felt painting and designing was not enough, she missed the three-dimensional aspect. Thus ceramics came into her life. But still she was looking for some lighter material, for a material more finely moldable than clay. Elena Lichtsteiner developed a special technique similar to papier mâché. Apart from a simple skeleton of wire, her sculptures are made exclusively of old newspapers, wrapping paper or any other paper she takes a fancy to. The material helps her high heeled ladies to neutralize gravity and any impediment that may stand in their way.

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