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.