Outi Pieski, a Finnish artist living in the Sámi area of Finland, takes her inspiration from the nature, culture and art with which she grew up.
Pieski seeks to bring Sámi culture to life with her art, paying attention to the global climate change debate and to the indigenous peoples' nature, revitalization and security. Pieski makes paintings , sculptures and installations, combining traditional craft with contemporary techniques. The 2017 exhibition at The Southbank Centre, London, ‘Falling Shawls’demonstrated this on an extraordinary scale. Fjeld Unseen is part of the Mimicry exhibition, using acrylic on canvas and threads to create a collective memory of a landscape.
Stacy Garropp describes her own music and processes so vividly that her own words are used here, both from her biography and from her programme notes on the String Quartet No. 4, Illuminations.
Stacy’s music is centered on dramatic and lyrical storytelling. She shares stories by taking audiences on sonic journeys - some simple and beautiful, while others are complicated and dark - depending on the needs and dramatic shape of the story. Stacy is a freelance composer living in the Chicago area.
The String Quartet No. 4: Illuminations was inspired by five illuminated pages from a medieval Book referred to as “The Hours of Catherine of Cleves.” Books of Hours, the most prolific book of the late Middle Ages, are prayer books for lay people that enable a person to participate privately in the daily round of prayers and devotions that were originally recited only by monks and priests. The main text of a Book of Hours contains a cycle of daily devotions consisting of psalms, lessons from scriptures, hymns, collects and other prayers. Because Books of Hours did not have page numbers or indexes, the illuminations (or illustrations) enabled the owner to quickly find the text needed for reciting the prayers. The quality and number of illuminations, often using silver and gold, depended upon the patron’s ability to pay.
In trying to craft the experience of reading Cleves’ Book of Hours, the composer approached the work similarly to Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. As in Mussorgsky’s work, the audience follows the reader as he or she opens the Book of Hours, studies and reflects upon five illuminations, and then closes the book at the end of prayer.