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.

Selected Artworks
Leisure Time Stories
2018
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
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
Press/Publications
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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

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

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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