Helki Franzten was born in Holland in 1976, moved a total of 29 times since then, and grew up in upstate NY, NYC and Milwaukee. She then moved to Australia to be closer to her dad and worked for four years in a landfill as a part-owner of a salvage operation where she became very aquainted with the material world. She moved back to the US to complete an undergraduate art degree at Bard College and lived in Rochester, Milwaukee and Boston. While completing a graduate degree in Sculpture at Bard College during the summers she worked as a baker and furniture fabricator during the winter. She is hoping to find a more permanent home sometime in the near future.