Charlene Lanzel is a performance artist from New York City who uses her hands in the sand to create amazing animations. These films are live performances using just sand, a lightbox and a projector.
As a life-long artist, feeling limited by one image painted on canvas, Charlene Lanzel became fascinated with sand animation when she saw it for the first time in 2004, but it wasn’t until 2010 that Charlene embraced becoming a performance artist herself. A spark of an idea suddenly raced through her mind. Charlene then lost no time in building her first light box, and started to experiment with this new found art form on her own. Although difficult, she was able to master techniques due to the artistic inclination she was born with and her very successful career as a working muralist and fine artist. In February of 2011, Charlene released her first sand animation video, and in no time began traveling around the world fascinating audiences with her magical sand performances. Charlene’s sand art combines her passion for artistic expression with her love of music, storytelling and performance art into one unique and mesmerizing art form.