Nordea Art Foundation Finland’s EUR 22,000 scholarship to Mia Seppälä

Nordea Art Foundation Finland’s scholarship for 2022 has been awarded to artist-researcher Mia Seppälä. In her doctoral studies in artistic research, she explores the relationship between site-specific work, observation, space and time using the research method she has developed. Part of the work related to the research has been carried out in a workspace located in the Itis shopping centre.

Nordea Art Foundation Finland has awarded Mia Seppälä (1970), a doctoral candidate at the University of the Arts Helsinki’s Academy of Fine Arts, a scholarship to complete her doctoral studies in artistic research.  The criteria for the scholarship were successful and determined progress in research work, the interest of the research in relation to contemporary national and international, aesthetic and political themes, and the aspect of the activities that develops artistic research. The amount of the scholarship is EUR 22,000.

Mia Seppälä has developed a technique of “painting off” as her research method, in which the pigment of a digital photograph printed on a canvas is manually removed in the same location where the photo was taken. Seppälä has used the off-painting technique in her workspace in the Itis shopping centre, for example. According to Seppälä, public spaces enable participatory artistic activities and surprises.

Seppälä was chosen as the recipient of the scholarship among the other candidates due to her methodological innovativeness, productivity and the abundance and mixed-method approach of the research method. Seppälä has one year of funding left as a doctoral candidate at the Academy of Fine Arts. The received scholarship guarantees the continuation of her project.

“I’m happy and grateful to Nordea Art Foundation Finland for being able to follow the timetable of my research plan with the help of the funding,” says Mia Seppälä.

The scholarship recipient was selected on the basis of peer reviews. The decision on the recipient was made by the Board of Nordea Art Foundation Finland.



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