The Fine Arts Academy of Finland Prize Exhibition presents Outi Pieski's (born 1973) unique and topical visual art.
Pieski’s work draws on Sámi culture, and, as such, has an important topical content. Pieski expresses her message in the subtle language of art. Her art brings the question of minority culture to the fore by playing on the colours, forms, and methods associated with the Sámi handicraft tradition. References to the Northern light and landscape are also strongly present. In Pieski’s works, these elements also receive new associations that are separable from their origin. In this way, both her paintings and the large and materially abundant spatial installations embody lightness, sensitivity and immateriality. Pieski’s particular way of using colour for artistic effect and her method of spatial representation are also strongly inspirational for viewers.
The Fine Arts Academy of Finland Prize is awarded to a Finnish artist who is at their creative peak, and whose oeuvre deserves greater visibility and recognition. Another important criterion is that the artist’s work be of international interest. The prize was first awarded in 2013, to Tuomas A. Laitinen. The recipient for 2015 was Camilla Vuorenmaa. The prize is awarded in cooperation with the EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art. Included in the prize are a publication and a private exhibition at EMMA.