Eva Mustonen

installation, textile

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.

Press and Publications


Do Come in, the Door Is Open! Edith Karlson, Mary Reid Kelley and Eva Mustonen
Triin Tulgiste (ed.), Art Museum of Estonia – Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn 2020

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

Eva Mustonen. Päevik
Katkendid magistritööst „Plaksumaisi vulkaani jalamil”. Värske Rõhk, 56, 12/2018, p 24-35.


In English

Demons are a Girl’s Best Friend
Merilin Talumaa, Echo Gone Wrong, 10.01.2020.

Photo reportage from the exhibition ‘Do Come in, the Door is Open!’ by Edith Karlson, Mary Reid Kelley and Eva Mustonen at Kumu Art Museum
Echo Gone Wrong, 10.01.2020.

Eva Mustonen at Kogo Gallery
Artmirror. 10.01.2019.

Eva Mustonen’s solo exhibition ‘Spider-Woman’ at Kogo gallery
Echo Gone Wrong. 7.01.2019.

In Estonian

Koletis on alati meiega
Anders Härm. Postimees 9.01.2020.

Provokatiivne, kuid lõdvavõitu
Gregor Taul, Sirp 29.11.2019.

Kohtumine Ämbliknaisega
Helen Adamson, Sirp, 25.01.2019.

Kunstnik koob ämbliknaisena Aparaaditehases vaipa
Janno Zõbin, Tartu Postimees, 7.01.2019.

Hüvastijätt metamorfeeruva majaga
Ann Vaida, Müürileht, 12.07.2018.

Tase väljendus ka ruumitunnetuses
Liis Pajuväli, Madli Ehasalu, Sirp, 06.07.2018.

Väljapeetud kohmakusest
Indrek Grigor, Sirp, 06.05.2016.




Eva Mustonen, born in 1986, lives and works in Tallinn, Estonia.


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

2019/20 Do Come in, the Door is Open! Together with Edith Karlson, Mary Reid Kelley, curated by Triin Tulgiste. Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia.
2019 Impostor Spring. Kraam artist-run space, Tallinn, Estonia.
2018 Spider-woman. Kogo Gallery, Tartu, Estonia.
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. Curated by Liina Raus. 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.


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


2021 Upcoming: artist-in-residence programme at the WIELS art centre in Brussels, supported by Estonian Ministry of Culture.
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.


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

Works in Collections

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

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Hand-embroidery: second-hand bra, sequins, tea sieve, various threads, wire, 2016
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Installation: tableware, wood, textile, 2017-...
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Knitted object: angora wool, 28 x 18 cm cm, 2013

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