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 thinks through making. Recurring sources of inspiration are the complicated unwritten rules of our contemporary society, (non-verbal) communication, self-presentation and conformism. These sources are starting points. While creating, Folkeringa focuses on materials, colour combinations, texture, form, surfaces, opposites, and positive and negative space. Learning new crafts and materials is a continuous element in her artistic practice. She uses materials such as cast aluminium, ceramics, acrylic resin, (malleable) epoxy and textiles. Inspired by our contemporary visual and consumer culture, she manually creates sculptural works 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, Arnhem; Curaçao Centre for Contemporary Art, Curaçao, NA; Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam; SKY culture, Foshan, China; and private collections.