Title Artist + Educator
Major Sculpture + Expanded Media
Petra Soesemann is an internationally recognized artist, known for her meticulous works in fiber. Selected awards include Artist-in-Residence at the Fundacion Valparaiso in Spain; Fulbright Fellowship to study Incan architecture in Peru; exhibition Grant to Sao Paulo, Brazil; travel grants to Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala to research Mayan art and architecture; and travel grants to Turkey to study Islamic art and architecture as well as contemporary art.
Soesemann’s recent work explores the conventional relationships between seeing and representing; her fabric constructions often manipulate light and color to bring perception into conflict with uncertainty, engaging the basic mechanisms of “mind seeking meaning” as a process of consciousness.
Soesemann is chair of the Foundation program at the Cleveland Institute of Art. In 2009 she was granted a year-long sabbatical leave to focus on her creative practice at the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program. She has taken CIA students to Mexico, Germany and Italy on team-taught foreign study trips.