Born in 1936 in Prague, she graduated from the city’s Academy of Applied Arts, Architecture and Design in 1961 with a degree in ceramics and porcelain. As well as studying a wide range of artists such as Jean Arp and Lucio Fontana, she was also much influenced by the organic sculptural forms of Constantin Brâncuşi and Henry Moore. However, her sculptures were often designed to be touched and held in the hand. She created a technique (“gravistimulated casting”) of pouring plaster inside rubber forms and then pressing or binding the form by hand when the plaster began to harden.
Fascinated by the small, fleeting, seemingly incidental, fragile things in the natural world – the flight of dandelion seeds, the rippling of water, air currents – she often photographed her sculptures set within the landscape, as well as staging a number of site-specific works using shell-like forms. Throughout her life, the artist’s methods relied on intuition, play and meditation. Her materials and approaches are symbolic of the prevailing themes in her practice, relating to existence, reflection, growth and decay. She died in 1996 in Kosice (Slovakia).