Soulé Déesse is a multi-ethnic multidisciplinary artist. Her practice explores and expands the limits of traditional media and moves effortlessly between drawing, painting, and site-specific installation, incorporating sculpture, collage, video, experimental sound, oral storytelling, and performance.
Déesse has participated in national and international residencies, including Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, NY, the Hungarian Multicultural Center in Budapest, Hungary, the Cholamandal Artists Village, Injambakkam in Chennai, India, and Residencia Internacional de Arte Can Serrat, in Barcelona, Spain. She has received several awards, including Best of Show at the Migrations Film Festival, The Front, New Orleans, LA, and the Yaddo Donald and Genie Rice Filmmaker Residency Grant. Several publications have written about her work, including Art in America, and her paper bag test project was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). She will be a Bogliasco Fellow at the Bogliasco Foundation in Genoa, Italy, in spring 2023.
She has exhibited her work, solo and in collaboration, in the Middle East, Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Americas, including at such institutions as Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Indianapolis, IN, Black Mountain College Museum & Art Center in Asheville, NC, Printed Matter, Inc., New York, NY, Site:Brooklyn Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Mahmoud Darwish Museum, Bethlehem, Palestine, the Center for Global Justice, Guanajuato, Mexico, Bogotá Arte Contemporaneo Gallery, Bogotá, Colombia, Galerie Nord, Berlin, Germany, Greatmore Studios, Capetown, South Africa, Total Arts, Dubai, UAE, Cultural Foundation, Abu Dhabi, UAE, the Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY, and the B2 Center for Media, Arts & Performance at the Atlas Institute in Boulder, CO.
She earned an BFA in Drawing and Painting and BA in Psychology from Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, and an MFA from the Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Philadelphia, PA.