Artist Lisa Lichtenfels is acclaimed for pushing the boundaries
of fabric sculpture. Photographs of her sculptures - whether they
be fantasy creatures, depictions of denizens of foreign cultures
or portraits of celebrities - are often mistaken for photos of living
beings. Indeed, viewers of her figures frequently report the peculiar
sense of standing in the company of a living presence. With these
fabric sculptures, Lisa Lichtenfels has created a new artform -
a fusion of her extraordinary technical talent and singular vision.
Kazan, The Shopping Cart Man, 2003 Fabric Sculpture
Lisa Lichtenfels was born near Erie, Pennsylvania. Her early interest
in art led her to attend the Pennsylvania Governor's School for
the Arts while in high school; she went on to study illustration
and film making at the Philadelphia College of Art. The independent
films she made as an undergraduate student caught the attention
of the Disney studios, and upon graduation, she accepted a position
as an apprentice animator at the studios.
While working with Disney, Ms. Lichtenfels began experimenting
with stop-motion figurines with positionable bodies and nylon skin.
Creating those simple, cartoon-like figures inspired her to attempt
realistic sculpting in fabric and set into motion her twenty-year
career. She has received numerous awards and grants; her work has
been displayed in gallery exhibitions in this country and abroad.
Figures in Fabric: The Sculpture of Lisa Lichtenfels.
Arsinoe in the Ostrich Race, 2005