Outi Pieski

Born 1973 in Helsinki, Finland
Lives in Ohcejohka (Utsjoki) and Numminen, Finland

Outi Pieski is a Sámi visual artist based in Ohcejohka (Utsjoki) on the Finnish side of Sápmi. Her paintings and installations remain in dialogue with the Arctic region and commit to give form to how the interdependence of nature and culture has shaped life practices of the Indigenous Sámi community. Her work combines craft traditions as somatic and familial vocabularies called Duodji. Pieski opens intergenerational dialogues around knowledge of the handmade as a feminist articulation. The installations perform as textile architectures of hand-woven knots identifying with calls for self-determination and kinship, thereby destabilising the hierarchy between contemporary art and artisanal creative processes.