Maartje Folkeringa's work stems from a fascination with human behaviour, such as unwritten social rules, nonverbal communication, the innerworld, and spirituality.
Concentration, intuition, and meditative work processes play an essential role, as well as handmade crafts and learning to work with new materials. Folkeringa's works are mono-material and poly-material. She works labour-intensive, which contrasts with the speed of the present day. Lively colours refer to our contemporary visual- and consumer culture. Symmetry, dynamics and in-between space are indispensable ingredients for her tactile universe.
At first, Folkeringa created Individuals, figuratively depicting human figures. These figures (from 50 to 240 cm in height) are aware of their surroundings, and a lot is happening in their mind. In the series showroom bling bling, de beste (the best), het hoogste punt (the highest point), display premium and paradice, Folkeringa loosely refers to self-presentation, (unconscious) conformism and unwritten social rules embodied in things we identify with. Since 2020, while working on a series called afleiding als aanleiding (distraction as a cause), her focus has shifted from the outer to the inner and the visible to the invisible, with attention to slow processes, intuition and confidence.
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; Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Erasmus University, Rotterdam; SKY culture, Foshan, China; and private collections. Maartje Folkeringa (1978) studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy (bachelor) and the Sandberg Institute (master), both in Amsterdam. She attended artist-in-residence programs at Instituto Buena Bista, Curaçao; Make, Eindhoven; and the European Ceramic Centre in Oisterwijk. Since 2015 Folkeringa lectures fine art at the HKU, Utrecht.
Studio: Oude Haagseweg 121a
1066 DC Amsterdam
Collect, Binnenkijken bij Maartje Folkeringa, Koos de Wilt, 03-2022
Mister Motley, Art everday life, Kritische schijn en schittering, by Alex de Vries | 22-03-2020
Fold, Unfold, Refold | Publication by Nanne op 't Ende, with artists' Sonia Kacem, Stéphanie Baechler, Mathilde Dumont and me | 2019
Trendbeheer Apprentice/Master Project #16 Maartje Folkeringa @ Kunstpodium T | Niels Post | 13.05.2017
Mister Motley Trick or Trait | Paper Podium | Wieke Teselink | 02.12.2014
Trendbeheer Maartje Folkeringa Boek | Niels Post | 08.10.2014
2014-TRICK OR TRAIT. Publication made in collaboration with publishing house and projectspace Onomatopee and with the designers from RAW Color. Now for sale! Onomatopee The writers about my work are Lucette ter Borg, Freek Lomme, Renske Janssen and Sarah Bay Williams.
´Eat your heart out and feed your true hunger´ | Freek Lomme
´Gimme´ | Sarah Bay Williams
´Stardust, The sober exuberance of Maartje Folkeringa´ | Lucette ter Borg
´Against the shiny surface´ | Renske Janssen
ARTtube, film made by Jennifer Pettersson
Tubelight, ´verfijnde barbaren´, Richtje Reinsma, tubelight mei/juni
Beelden 3#2012, jaargang 15, nr. 58,´Maartje Folkeringa. Kijken naar hoe we doen´, Ans van Berkum
NRC Handelsblad,´Kostbaarheden, gemaakt van niks´, Lucette ter Borg, 16-08-2012
FD Persoonlijk, Het Financieele Dagblad, ´Gietschuim met bladgoud´, Manon Berendse, 23-06-2012
Realization website: imade.nl
Copyright 2019 Maartje Folkeringa, all rights reserved