Maartje Folkeringa (1978) studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy (bachelor) and the Sandberg Institute (master), both in Amsterdam. She did artist in residencies at Instituto Buena Bista, Curaçao; Make, Eindhoven; and the European Ceramic Centre in Oisterwijk.
Maartje Folkeringa's sculptural works stem from a fascination with contemporary themes such as the digital era, performance pressure, the fear of missing out, complicated unwritten rules, the drive for uniqueness and the desire for affirmation. Learning new crafts is a recurring element in her artistic practice. Currently, she works with ceramics, textiles and metal. Folkeringa uses labour-intensive work processes that contrast with the speed of the present day. While making, intuition, association, concentration and slowing down play an important role. Materials, colour combinations, texture, form, contrasts and positive and negative space are essential ingredients to make more kindred spirits for her tactile universe.
Works have been exhibited in the Netherlands and abroad and are part of collections like Museum Jan Cunen, Oss; AkzoNobel Art Foundation; Curaçao Centre for Contemporary Art, Curaçao, NA; Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Erasmus University, Rotterdam; SKY culture, Foshan, China; and private collections.