Susanne Rottenbacher (*1969, Göttingen) studied scenography at Barnard College (Columbia University) in New York and received a Master’s of Science from the Bartlett School of Architecture and Planning, London, with a focus on light. She worked as a stage designer at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and as a light designer for the “Licht Kunst Licht” design studio; it was during this time that she designed the lighting for the German Federal Chancellery and new government buildings, among other projects. She has been a freelance light artist since 2004.
Susanne Rottenbacher creates extensive room installations consisting of sculptural elements that might best be described as colorful 3D drawings in space. Her sculptures are characterized by a sense of ease and transparency, and they manage to transform themselves in dialogue with their surroundings and the shifting times of day.
She has been the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including the Artist-in-Residence fellowship, Centre of Contemporary Art, CCA, Andratx Mallorca (2016), 1st Prize, Kunst am Bau C.O.R. Düsseldorf (2013), the IIDA Award of Merit, IESNA for the lighting design at the Marie-Elisabeth-Lüders-Haus, German Federal Parliament, Berlin (2005), and the Josephine Paddock Fellowship from Columbia University, New York (1991).