Maarja Mäemets (born 4 Dec 1991 in Estonia) is a glass artist, photographer, freediver and a poet. She reflects her own fragility and constantly morphing feelings, thoughts and circumstances in her work. She believes there are no standstills, only constant motion in which there is a high chance to lose oneself.
Mäemets has a BA (2015) and MA degree (2018) in glass art from the Estonian Academy of Arts. In 2017 she studied for a semester at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna in Heimo Zobernig’s class, where her more multidisciplinary approach as an artist started to shape. Since then, her work focuses on combining glass art, photography and video. She creates mostly site-specific installations and seeks for unusual exhibiting environments – such as the depths of underwater – rather than a white gallery space. The beauty of words and writing plays a vital role in the concepts and spaces created along her journey.
Maarja Mäemets has taken part of international exhibitions in Russia, Ukraine, Austria, Czech Republic, Latvia and the United Kingdom. She has also exhibited her work at exhibitions in Estonia both as a glass artist and a photographer. In 2017 she had her first solo exhibition titled There’s Time at Positiiv gallery (Tallinn, Estonia).
In 2017 she received first place at the Bild-Werk Frauenau Student Prize 2017 competition (Frauenau, Germany) with her work Underwater Love, where a glass object was bedded and photographed underwater. With her diploma work titled Sadness Factory she was one of the finalists for Stanislav Libensky Award 2018 (Prague, Czech Republic).
Mäemets is a member of the Estonian Glass Artists’ Union and the Estonian Artists’ Association. Since 2018 she works as a freelance artist, photographer and an art teacher.
photo: Rait Lõhmus