With her candy-like, vivid and pastel coloured sculptures, Maartje Folkeringa refers to and plays with the shiny and sparkling symbols of our contemporary visual and consumer culture.
She is inspired by commercial displays, copycat brands, the race to the tallest buildings of the world, nail art, phone cases, gymnastic suits, a collection of bouncing balls, flashes to symbolize perfect white teeth, candyfloss, and exclusive and mass produced jewellery. The process of making is intuitive and associative; she never bends the work to its original intention, but lets serendipity play an important role.
Having worked with a variety of materials like acrylic cast, mouldable epoxy, cardboard, plasticine, polyurethane, foils and casted aluminium she lately discovered ceramics, at the European Ceramic Centre. Folkeringa is always interested in learning new skills, crafts and materials, and transforms these in sculptural works for her own, colourful, autonomous and tactile universum.
Works have been exhibited in the Netherlands and abroad and are part of collections like Museum Jan Cunen, Oss; AkzoNobel Art Foundation, Arnhem; Curaçao Centre for Contemporary Art, Curaçao, NA; Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam; SKY culture, Foshan, China.
Recent grants are the Mondriaan Fund (Stipendium Program for Established Artists) 2015-2019 and the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts 2018 (Development budget)
Maartje Folkeringa (1978)
Studio: Oude Haagseweg 121a
1066 DC Amsterdam
Realization website: imade.nl
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