Maartje Korstanje lives in Rotterdam and works in Amsterdam and Zeeland. From January 1st until Decem- ber 31st 2016, Maartje Korstanje takes part in the residency program of the International Studio & Curatori- al Program in Brooklyn, New York, supported by the Mondriaan Fonds. Korstanje creates sculptures that are often based on crises and beauty in nature, and the influence of man on this subject. Korstanje’s work is never too literal or figurative. This provides layered images that appeal to the imagination and provoke multiple interpretations. Characteristic of Korstanjes sculptures - often made of cardboard and glue - are the fascinating and crude shapes. They seem familiar at first glance, but at a closer look turn out to be something indefinable. She reveils unpredictable and sometimes dark shapes, which normally are concealed.
She studied at the Academy of Art and Design, St. Joost in Breda and the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam. She was one of the winners of the Prix de Rome in 2007, did residency programs at Kunsthuis SYB (2007), Centre for Contemporary Art, Curacao (2008), European Ceramic Work Centre (2013), ISCP New York (2016) and has won several awards. In 2014 she was selected for the Volkskrant Beeldende Kunstprijs. Her work has been presented in group shows in spaces as GEM, Den Haag, Groninger Museum, Museum De Pont, NEST, Den Haag and the Hudson Valley Center of Contemporary Art New York. She had solo shows at Upstream Gallery, De Vleeshal and the Zeeuws Museum in Middelburg. In 2014, museum Jan Cunen in Oss organized a retrospective of her work.
Korstanje, Maartje. Metamorfoses. Oss: Museum Jan Cunen, 2014. ISBN: 978-94-6263-000-0