Liz Helfer pursued sculpture and received her BFA from Alfred University in 2010. She currently creates cast metal and mixed media sculpture at Liz Helfer Studios outside of Boston. In addition to creating commissioned work, she is the Coordinator of Hatch Makerspace run by the Watertown Free Public Library.
What’s your earliest memory of the arts?
Drawing next to my sister. I have vivid memories of sitting on the floor at my dad’s office and making drawings for his secretary. When she retired, she showed us the file – tucked between some very important documents – where she kept them all.
Do you have a favorite memory or story about MCA?
I always enjoy going to exhibit openings and performances, but my favorite memories are the small interpersonal meetings when I got to “talk shop” with other artists.
In addition to YardArt, how have you stayed connected to the arts this past year?
I thought this year would be slow but I was very wrong. I’ve had a hard time keeping up with commissions and requests for exhibitions. What a good problem to have! I feel incredibly fortunate to have maintained this connection to the arts and even build new connections with artists I may never have met under different circumstances.
Who is your favorite artist (of any form—visual arts, theater, music, dance)?
What a terrible (in the scary and overwhelming sense) question! I love to see work that is unfamiliar and learn about new artists. A couple I always come back to: Alexander Calder and Louise Bourgeois. I remember seeing her arachnid in Tokyo and nearly screaming with delight as I raced to be under it!
Do you have a favorite quote about the arts or one you’d like to share?
This one’s goes a little bit broader than art:
“…every mind has a right to be known by its soundest and maturest expression.” — Lewis Mumford
This has stuck with me ever since I read The Brown Decades: Study of the Arts in American, 1865-1895 in undergrad. I think about this almost every day, especially when I’m filled with doubt. It’s helpful to consider this in relation both to myself and to other people.
To learn more about Liz and view more of her art, visit www.elizabethhelfer.com.