Paul Sietsema uses photographs and other objects that reference specific bodies of knowledge as starting points for his carefully crafted drawings and sculptures, which he then films. His films arrange and compare the original images and objects—and the ideas, information and knowledge associated with them—in ways that combine with the artist's practice of working in different media at each stage of his projects to explore how imagery and material affect our understanding of culture and history.
Sietsema (born 1968) has had one-person exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; the Whitney Museum of American Art and The Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Kunsthalle Basel. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2005, a DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Fellowship in 2008, and a Wexner Center Residency Award in 2010. Sietsema lives and works in Los Angeles.