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.
Demons are a Girl’s Best Friend
Merilin Talumaa, Echo Gone Wrong, 10.01.2020.
Eva Mustonen at Kogo Gallery
Eva Mustonen’s solo exhibition ‘Spider-Woman’ at Kogo gallery
Echo Gone Wrong. 7.01.2019.
Koletis on alati meiega
Anders Härm. Postimees 9.01.2020.
Provokatiivne, kuid lõdvavõitu
Gregor Taul, Sirp 29.11.2019.
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.
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)|
|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.|
|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.