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  • Eva Mustonen

    Biography

    Eva Mustonen (born in 1986) studied textile design and semiotics in Tartu and Gothenburg and sculpture in Tallinn. She is currently living and working in Tallinn.

    Today, Mustonen works mainly as an installation artist. In her projects personal narratives dominate that speak of being different, living somewhere in the margins of society and becoming invisible in the public sphere. In her work, she combines both the techniques of the textile design and the products of everyday acts and doings. Mustonen’s works stand out because of her usage of tightly crafted and recognisable materials and unexpectedly beautiful mystical objects. The artist seems to be inspired by everyday simplicity, the marvellous abundance of second-hand shops and the history of woman artists. Mustonen could be seen and thought about as feminist, in which the private can often have a political dimension.

    In 2014, Mustonen won the Young Textile Artist Award and, in 2017, the Eduard Wiiralt Scholarship.

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    Eva Mustonen (1986) lives and works in Tallinn, Estonia.

    Education

    2016-2018 Estonian Academy of Arts, Installation and Sculpture (MA)
    2013-2016 Tartu University, Semiotics (BA, unfinished)
    2010-2012 University of Gothenburg, School for Design and Crafts (HDK)
    2006-2010 Tartu Art College, Textile Art (BA)

    Solo Exhibitions

    2019 Impostor Spring, Kraam artist-run space, Tallinn, Estonia
    2018 Spider-woman, Kogo Gallery, Tartu, Eesti
    2018 Artists in Collection 10×10: Eva Mustonen, curated by Maarin Ektermann and Mary Talvistu, Seto Farm Museum, Värska, Estonia
    2018 Under The Popcorn Volcano, TASE´18 graduation show, Estonian Art Academy, Tallinn, Estonia
    2017 Diamond House, Tartu Art House, Tartu, Estonia
    2016 Innocent Garden Party Vol. 1, Gjutars Artist House, Vantaa, Finland
    2016 Murmurs In Strange Woods, Tartu Art Museum, Tartu, Estonia
    2015 Looks Promising, HOP Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
    2015 STUCK, Noorus Gallery, Tartu, Estonia
    2014 Everyday Poetry, Tartu Art House, Tartu, Estonia

    Group Exhibitions

    2018 Objects of Attention, curated by Francisco Martínez, Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design, Tallinn, Estonia
    2018 one-on-one. on skills, curated by Laura Põld and Kati Saarits, Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia, Tallinn, Estonia
    2018 Borderline, curated by Peeter Talvistu, Valga Museum, Valga, Estonia
    2018 Viewing and Reading Room, Kogo Gallery, Tartu, Estonia
    2017 Sewage observation tower in baroque purple, curated by Madli Ehasalu, part of the program of the Tallinn Photomonth, Mihhail Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
    2016 I just don’t know what to do with myself, curated by Rebeka Põldsam, Vaal Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
    2015 Pussy envy, curated by Anna-Stina Treumund and Stacey Koosel, Hobusepea Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
    2015 SADA. Estonian Textile Art 1915-2015, Tallinn Art Hall, Tallinn, Estonia
    2014 Processing Luunja, curated by Eva Jakovits and Kristina Paju, Noorus Gallery, Tartu, Estonia
    2013 Ambiguous bodies, curated by Kaisa Eiche, Y Gallery, Tartu, Estonia

    Prizes

    2018 Eduard Wiiralt scholarship, Ministry of Culture, Estonia
    2014 Young Textile Artist of the Year award, Estonian Textile Artists Association

    Residencies

    2018 Rupert’s Residency Program, Vilnius, Lithuania
    2018 Artists in collection 10×10: Seto Farm Museum, Värska, Estonia
    2016 Gjutars Artist House (AIR), Vantaa Artists Association, Finland

    Workshops

    2016 Summer School: ERROR!, Latvian Center of Contemporary Art, Rucka, Latvia
    2012 Sissi Westerberg and Daniel Peltz: Infinite Gestures, Rejmyre Art LAB, Sweden
    2011 Lia Cook, ETN (European Textile Network) conference workshop program, Kaunas, Lithuania

    Publications

    Peeter Talvistu (ed.), Murmurs In Strange Woods, Tartmus, 2016.

    Works in Collections

    Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design, Tallinn, Estonia
    Tartu Art Museum, Tartu, Estonia

    Selected Artworks
    Tomboy Girl, LOL
    2017
    Eggs
    2017-...
    A Loving Letter I-II
    2017
    Kitchen Blues
    2017-...
    Samba!
    2017
    Xena
    2016
    My Little Horror Picture Show
    2015-2017
    Show Me How You Make a Paper Plane
    2015
    Wolf’s Tail
    2016-2018
    The Nightwatch
    2015-2017
    Leisure Time Stories. 2018 (with Eva Mustonen)
    Leisure Time Stories
    2018
    Everyday Poetics
    And Thus I Don’t Have To Touch You
    2013
    She’s Trying So Hard To Remember, But She Cannot
    2012-2014
    I Wanted To Say Something But Nothing Came To Mind
    Assortment of Useless Cords
    2013-2014
    If I Missed Someone, Would It Look Like That?
    2013-2014
    I’m Not Going Anywhere
    2014-2015
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    Eva Mustonen
    Tomboy Girl, LOL
    Crochet: cotton, stuffing, wood
    75 x 80 x 18 cm
    2017

    In collection of Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design

    Eva Mustonen
    Xena
    Hand-embroidery: second-hand bra, sequins, tea sieve, various threads, wire
    2016

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    Eva Mustonen
    My Little Horror Picture Show
    Installation: lamps, light bulb, porcelain, plastic, wire
    2015-2017

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    Eva Mustonen
    Show Me How You Make a Paper Plane
    tapestry: linen, silk, cotton and synthetic yarns
    84 x 88 cm
    2015

    In private collection

    Eva Mustonen
    And Thus I Don’t Have To Touch You
    Knitted object: angora wool
    28 x 18 cm
    2013

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    Eva Mustonen
    She’s Trying So Hard To Remember, But She Cannot
    Hand-embroidery: linen, silk
    98 x 73 cm
    2012-2014

    Eva Mustonen
    I Wanted To Say Something But Nothing Came To Mind
    Embrodery on tablecloth

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    Eva Mustonen
    Assortment of Useless Cords
    Finger cord, various materials
    2013-2014

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    Eva Mustonen
    If I Missed Someone, Would It Look Like That?
    Installation: second-hand furniture, wood, tights, artificial lilies, tape, wire
    2013-2014

    In collection of TARTMUS