Laura Põld

Laura Põld (1984) continuously explores fundamental human (and animal) needs, including community, safety and shelter. She started making paintings and installations referring to a sense of home and living abroad in the 2010s. In her latest work, she focuses on her choice of materials and their historical context, implementing traditional handiwork and building techniques like (primitive) ceramics and embroidery, which interest her as preservation of memory and experience. In her oeuvre, Põld has been engaged in creating a sense of place, combining and juxtaposing materially sensitive objects, narrative elements and memorabilia within the qualities of specific exhibition space. Her often large-scale constructions or installations either take over or interfere with the allocated exhibition venue and/or its context.

Press and Publications

Laura Põld’s solo exhibition “Hendreds of Illusions Charted as Land” at Tartu Art Museum
Echo Gone Wrong. 9/01/2016

Every Landscape is a Condition of the Spirit
Piret Karro. Kunst.ee. Eesti kunsti- ja visuaalkultuuri ajakiri. 1/2016

An Education – Laura Põld
Laura Põld. Estonian Art. 2/2014

Six Questions: Laura Põld


Laura Põld (1984) is based in Tallinn and Vienna.


2018-… The University of Art and Design Linz, Department of sculptural Conceptions / Ceramics (MA)
2007-2010 Tartu University, Department of Painting (MA)
2003-2007 Estonian Art Academy, Department of Ceramics (BA)

Selected Solo- and Duo Exhibitions

2018 Artists in Collection 10 x 10: Laura Põld, curated by Maarin Ektermann and Mary Talvistu, Kunda Cement Museum, Kunda, Estonia
2017 So Small It Could Be Mine, Ateliers Höherweg e. V., Düsseldorf, Germany
2016 Serving Makes Placewith Johna Hansen, Maebashi Works, Gunma, Japan;
2016 Awilda On a Drift. Fireboat “Tripitaka”, with Johna Hansen, Christianshavn, Copenhagen, Denmark
2016 Hundreds of Illusions Charted as Land, curated by Peeter Talvistu, Tartu Art Museum, Tartu, Estonia
2015 Road To Silver MineGallery Chemin Du Bonheur, Hokuto-Shi, Japan
2014 The Night Your Mate Danced Like a Tree, Hobusepea Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
2014 Ruins, Monumental Gallery, Tartu Art House, Tartu, Estonia
2014 A Walk, a Wall, Some Mountainswith Titania Seidl, Ulrike Hrobsky Showroom for Young Art, Vienna, Austria
2014 To Go to Bed by Day, Kunstkabinett Kunstverein Bayreuth, Germany
2014 Castle, Vaal Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
2013 Duo exhibition with Sigita Daugule, Galerie Hrobsky, Vienna, Austria
2013 Attempts to Stage a Landscape, Tallinn Art Hall Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
2012 Carolina Cyclone, Showroom for Young Art, Galerie Ulrike Hrobsky, Vienna, Austria
2012 Home Sweet Home, with Mari Prekup, Old Town Art Gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania
2011 Lost & Found, Tallinn City Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
2010 Hope You Dance, with Adrijana Gvoydenovic, bm:ukk exhibition space, Vienna, Austria
2010 Conversations With the Curtain, Tartu Art House, Tartu, Estonia
2010 Fear, Veiko Klemmer / Laura Põld, Draakon Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018 Ascending From the Liquid Horizon, curated by Kati Ilves, Le Lieu Unique, Nantes, France
2018 How to: Live. Virtual Biographies, curated by Marika Agu, Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia, Tallinn, Estonia
2018 Lola Liivat. Spiritual resistance, curated by Hanna-Liis Kont, Tartu Art Museum, Tartu, Estonia
2018 Everyday Witchcraft, curated by Merilin Talumaa, Kogo Gallery, Tartu, Estonia
2018 Contemporary Art from Estonia, curated by Britta von Campenhausen, ECB, Frankfurt, Germany
2018 Boarderline, curated by Peeter Talvistu, Valga Museum, Valga, Estonia
2018 Hole in the Grey Curtain, curated by Sam Basu, Treignac Projet, Treignac, France
2018 No Reptiles, Justice, curated by Sebastian Mittl, Vienna, Austria
2018 Elisabeth Altenburg / Nahid Behboodian / Laura Põld, Atelierhaus Salzamt Linz Gallery, Linz, Austria
2017 Failure / Afterlife, Estonian Photographic Art Fair, Telliskivi Creative City, Tallinn, Estonia
2017 MUSAOMasc Foundation, Vienna, Austria
2017 Intra-Structures – Monster of the Seven Lakes, curated by Jussi Koitela, Treignac Projet, Treignac, France
2017 Structured Frustrations, curated by Samira Hashemi, CC. art space Isfahan, Esfahan, Iran
2016 Shiro Oni Studio, group IV 2016, Onishi Brewery, Gunma, Japan
2016 The Great Paintercurated by Liisa Kaljula, Evald Okas Museum, Haapsalu, Estonia
2016 Sense of Place, Tallinn Art Hall Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
2015 New Building, Tartu Art Museum, Tartu, Estonia
2015 Art Market Budapest, represented by Vaal Gallery (EE), Budapest, Hungary
2015 Tule lummuses, Kohila Sümpoosium 15, Tallinn Art Hall Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
2015 Fucking Andy, Eden, Techno, Disco. Mo. ë, Vienna, Austria
2014 New Material, Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia, Tallinn, Estonia
2014 Väljasõit rohelisse. Tartu 1860-2014, Tallinn Art Hall, Tallinn, Estonia
2014 Tallinn – Carcassonne, Jesuit College and Chapel, Carcassonne, France
2013 Kunst in der Landschaft 9, Gut Gasteil, Prigglitz, Austria
2013 7. ICA, Art Without Borders, Kulmbach, Germany
2013 CHA-2013, The Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russia
2012 Archeology and the Future of Estonian Art From Private Collections, Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia, Tallinn, Estonia
2012 Collection of Desires. Privatized Art, curated by Anders Härm, Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia, Tallinn, Estonia
2012 Reproduktionen, Künstraum Zögernitz, Vienna, Austria
2012 Ateliers: exhibition and open studios, Showroom Ulrike Hrobsky, Vienna, Austria
2012 NordArt 2012, Büdelsdorf, Germany
2012 NOT ONLY, Factory-Art Gallery, Berlin, Germany
2012 Collective Video Bohai, Luminale 2012, Frankfurt, Germany
2012 TALLINZ, Atelierhaus Salzamt, Linz, Germany
2011 Estonian Painting: Laura Põld, Maarit Murka, Sirja-Liisa Eelma, Old Town Art Gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania
2011 Young Painter Prize 2011, Art Center Titanic, Vilnius, Lithuania
2011 The Family, März Project Space, Tallinn, Estonia
2011 Confrontations and Provocations. An Insight into Estonian Contemporary Art, curated by Eha Komissarov, National Museum of Warsaw, Poland & Contemporary Art Museum, Szczecin, Poland

Curated Exhibitions

2018 one-on-one. on skills, curated with Kati Saarits, Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia, Tallinn, Estonia

Exhibition Design

2018 Lola Liivat. Spiritual resistance, curated by Hanna-Liis Kont, Tartu Art Museum, Tartu, Estonia


2018 Kunda Cement Museum
2018 Atelierhaus Salzamt Linz, Austria
2017 Treignac Projet, France
2017 Va space for contemporary art, Isfahan, Iran;
2017 Ateliers Höherweg e.V. Düsseldorf, Germany
2016 Maebashi Works, Gunma, Japan
2016 Shiro Oni Studio, Gunma, Japan
2015 AIRY, Kofu, Yamanashi, Japan
2014 XIV International Kohila Ceramic Symposium, Kohila, Estonia
2011 Atelierhaus Salzamt, Linz, Austria
2010 Artist in Residence, Schloss Laudon, Vienna, Austria

Prizes and Scholarships

2018 Annual Award of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia
2016 Köler Prize grand prix
2014 Annual award of Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Foundation of Fine and Applied Arts
2013 Ado Vabbe prize
2009 DoRa scholarship, CAA conference, Los Angeles, USA
2008 Eduard Wiiralt prize
2008 Kalmus scholarship for a young artist

Professional Membership

2018 Estonian Ceramists’ Association
2011 Tartu Artists’ Union
2010 Estonian Artists’ Association

Works in Collections

European Central Bank Art Collection, Frankfurt, Germany
Bayreuthi Art Museum, Germany
Tartu Art Museum, Estonia


Peeter Talvistu (ed.), Laura Põld and Hundreds of Illusions Charted as Land, Tartu Art Museum, 2016

Selected Publications in English

Stacey Koosel, Beige Magic, Arterritory 27.08.2018.
Artmirror, “Everyday Witchcraft” at Kogo Gallery, 23.08.2018.
Photo reportage from the exhibition ‘Everyday Witchcraft’ at Kogo gallery, Echo Gone Wrong, 20.08.2018.
Six Questions: Laura Põld, Tique | art paper, 2017.
Merilin Talumaa, Annika Toots (eds.), Artists’ Spaces. 16 studio visits, Estonian Academy of Arts Press, 2017.
Maris Karjatse, Means of Reaching a Destination, Magazine of Art and Visual Culture in Estonia KUNST.EE, 2/2016.
Köler Prize 2016, Tique | art paper.
Photo reportage from Johna Hansen, Katrine Gram Sloth and Laura Põld’s joint exhibition at the Art Hall Gallery, Tallinn, Echo Gone Wrong, 20.04.2016.
Agnese Čivle, Odrija Fišere, Baltic Art Superstar, Where Are You?, Arterritory, 06.04.2016.
Jessie Churchill, Looking at Painting. Volume 2, Leeds, 2016.
Emma Duester, Artist Mobility and the Baltic Cities: Revealing a Transnational Art World, Echo Gone Wrong, 18.02.2014.
Laura Põld, An Education – Laura Põld, Estonian Art 2/14.

Tufted rugs, plywood, varnish, 60 x 205 cm, 2021
3850 €
Tufted rugs, rope, cm, 2021
2350 €
Tufted rugs, plywood, varnish, cm, 2021
3850 €