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.
Her work stems from a fascination for people and their non-verbal communication, and more specifically the focus on self-presentation; visual seduction, consumerism, taste, status, identity, conformism and appearances.
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)