Marja is a visual artist working mainly in ceramics, creating sculpture and wall installations.
Feeding from local surroundings, she collects living material, casts it and creates a new organism or structure in ceramics, like a future fossil. The idea is that plants, living things in a certain area are there not only by accident or nature, they are wanted or tolerated by man, a sign of culture. Ceramics is a way of conserving an image of this culture in 3D and though extremely vulnerable, ceramics is potentialy also extremely durable
Marja was always fascinated by life and how people try to catch it, understand it or even control it. She studied horticulture and psychology before starting at Gerrit Rietveld academie in Amsterdam where the choise for ceramics was inevitabel.
She is still connected with The Gerrit Rietveld academie, working at the ceramicsworkshop and as a guest teacher for different departments.
She gave lectures in Coda Apeldoorn, Ceramics museum De Tiendschuur etc.
High Fired bij Franzis Engels
01.09.2022 tot 15.10.2022
Op zaterdag 03.09.2022 zal Wendy Gers (Conservator Moderne en hedendaagse keramiek, Keramiekmuseum Princessehof) om 16.00 uur de expositie officieel openen. U bent welkom!
Group exhibition with Deirdre McLoughlin, Joke Raes, Eileen Cohen Sussholz, Anne Marie Laureys, Reinier Lagendijk, Nathalie Campion, Marja Kennis en Marga Knaven
I will be presenting my Hybrids F1 and some new works
Porcelain plant sculptures based on diverse plants from Holland. Hybrids are a combination of plants of the Dutch landscape and the plants in gardens.
Composition with hundreds of porcelain compositae made with a dice algorithm at BIG ART 2021
Live and plants made into ceramic fossils
Foto Marc Mulders