Vanessa Paschakarnis works internationally as a German Canadian artist and exhibits her work in solo and group exhibitions, in Europe, the USA and Canada.
Paschakarnis holds a Masters degree from Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weissensee, Germany and a second MFA from NSCAD University in Halifax, NS Canada. As part of her studies and professional work, Vanessa has been engaged in critical writing. Paschakarnis has taught sculpture at NSCAD University from 2000-2002, as Assistant Professor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX from 2004 - 2007 and a summer term in Italy for the University of Georgia, Athens, in 2002. Vanessa was twice semi-finalist for the prestigious Canadian Sobeys Art Award. She received the “Best Young Artist Award” in 2009 as a participant of Blickachsen 7, a sculpture Biennale in Bad Homburg, Germany. In 2011 she received the Progress Woman of excellence Award from the Canadian Progress Club.
Her artworks provoke reaction through material and scale, involving the viewer in a conversation with articulated objects as “the other”, altering and expanding body consciousness to include the outside world in the present moment.