Although blind since birth, Alena has been working with fireclay as her favourite material for many years. During 2004-2008 she studied fine arts and moulding in the International Centre of Axman Modelling Technique for people with disabilities in Tasov. She has been working there as a lecturer. Note: it is highly recommended by the author that you do TOUCH her sculptures. It goes for the Self-portrait, as well!
The artist created her self-portrait using only the so-called tactile mathematics, which is a system enabling the sightless to perceive the proportions of the surrounding world. Thus, she “watched” her curves and shapes by touch and transformed them into fireclay. It is fascinating to observe how she deliberately highlighted the parts of her face which she perceived as distinctive and without
any visual control she managed to convert the features into the resulting sculpture.