Machine embroidery
Material: gauze cloths, sewing thread, iron rods, iron mesh, wire
Dimensions: 300 cm (variable) x 220 cm depth 100 cm


Exhibition: Mappa Mundi in “Susanne Kessler. Undated”
Venue: Kunstverein Lippstadt, DE, 2022


Further exhibitions:
Exhibition: Mappa Mundi in “Odissea”
Venue: Museum Kunst der Westkueste, Alkersum, DE, 2018

Exhibition: Mappa Mundi in “Susanne Kessler. Odissea”
Venue: Geppert Academy Wroclaw, PL, 2019

Exhibition: Mappa Mundi in “Susanne Kessler. Paolo Bielli. Interplay“
Venue: Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Rome, IT, 2019

Exhibition: Mappa Mundi in „Susanne Kessler. Kartographische Linienwerke“
Venue: Kunstmuseum Bayreuth, DE, 2023


Mappa Mundi

A body of work, which seems at first sight independent, yet in content closely related to the stories, of travels and odysseys like the one of Homer‘s Ulysses, is the so-called mappa mundi. Continents connected with each other over the oceans stand for big universal themes: at the same time the mapped spaces are similar to an abstract system of signs. They bespeak countries and places of longing for people whose own world has become increasingly inhospitable and dangerous, and who long to begin a new and better life.
Kessler purposely utilizes female handcraft techniques in her cotton gauze embroidered continents, a work of 14-pieces, the mappa mundi. Kessler’s installation both recalls the sails of the ship and of the women who stayed behind in the home, often for years left not knowing their husbands’ fates, like Penelope Ulysses’ wife of Homer’s epic, who during the night would undo the crafted work she produced by day. Thus freeing herself from the fate of having to marry one of her suitors. Far and wide versus near and home are not opposites, but stand in close relationship to each other. The hanging of the installation is reminiscent of set sails.

Excerpt from the catalogue text “Odissea” by Ulrike Wolff Thomsen