"Once there was sculpture in me, molded in clay, melted in bronze, carved in stone. Then the breach, a tear, the inner change that manifests itself externally. Photographing, embroidering, searching for soft, light materials, this is how embroideries arise. Everything is connected once again, nothing is lost, a development…my work"
Esther Seidel [/mk_fancy_title]
Born in Boennigheim, Germany, in 1964, she studied Art History in Bamberg, Bavaria, between 1984 and 1986. In 1986 she arrived in Versilia and, fascinated by it, in 1987 signed up for Accademia delle Belle Arti in Carrara. Her dream to become a sculptress led her to take the most disparate jobs to be able to pay for her studies in Italy. At the Academy she met Patrick J. Steiner, whom she married in Assisi in 1993 and with whom she lived and worked for the following 16 years. Her first shows were held in Switzerland, especially at Galleria Victoria in San Bernardino, in 1988. Afterwards she exhibited at Galerie Forum Union, in Goldach, and at Galerie Nova, Pontresina, in 1993. She worked a good deal also in Germany: there, she organized her first solo show, in 1992, at Galerie Montfort in Immenstaad. Still in the German context, in 1994 she exhibited at Galerie Fauler Pelz, in Überlingen on Lake Constance, and again in Immenstaad at Orangerie Draenert, in 1995, 1998 and 1999, at Galerie Doris Hölder, Ravensburg, in 1997.
In the same years she also worked in Italy, in particular for the decoration of Giardino di Daniel Spoerri in Seggiano, province of Grosseto. Her first exhibition in Pietrasanta was staged in 1989 during Universo Donna, hosted at Centro Culturale L. Russo. She continued to work in the Apuan-Versilia area, collaborating with different workshops and foundries among which F.lli Galeotti, Versiliese, Bronzarte and l'Arte; from 1996 exclusively for Fonderia Mariani. In 2001 she faced a crisis in her art, also due to the divorce from her husband, with whom she had shared even her artistic career. So she began to explore new fields such as photography and textile arts. Weaving, in particular, enabled her to find a new dialogue with her femininity and a recovered expressive freedom. Only six years later did she approach sculpture again, with no specific commissions but simply wishing to express her art. However, she did not give up her new passion for embroidery but combined the two arts in a world that, in this way, she considered complete. In August 2010 she took part in the show “Soul Visions” curated by Enrico Mattei, at Versiliana in Marina di Pietrasanta. Today she continues to live and work in Seravezza.
The photographs published in the TimeLine were taken from the websites:
www.museodeibozzetti.it, www.schwaebische.de, www.estherseidel.com