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. Her colourful sculptural works stem from a fascination with interpersonal behaviour, such as unwritten rules, (non-verbal) communication, self-presentation and conformism; in our contemporary culture. These sources are starting points; she creates time to interact with materials, colours, form, and positive and negative space during the making process. She works with various materials such as cast aluminium, ceramics, acrylic resin, (mouldable) epoxy and textiles. Learning new skills, crafts and materials is a recurring element in her artistic practice. Inspired by symbols of our contemporary visual and consumer culture and personal experiences, everything is manually transformed into sculptural works in a 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.