Born in 1982 in Stockholm, Sweden, Märta Mattsson first studied jewellery at the Gothenburg School of Design and Crafts, where she got her BA. She then improved her technical skills at the Tokyo Hiko Mizuno College of Jewellery and at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, United States, where she focused on the techniques of electroforming and resin work. She finally did her MA at the Royal College of Art, London.
Since 2006, her work has been actively represented by several international galleries and included in a dozen museum collections including the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm, the Museum of Art and Design in New York, The Röhsska Museum of art and design and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. In 2009 and 2011, her works were part of the Schmuck exhibition in Munich.
Among the most striking comments about her jewellery, Märta Mattsson particularly remembers this one: "You make jewels for children, not for adults." A quite relevant observation since as the artist confesses, she mostly draws inspiration from her childhood memories and from that paradoxical sensation of attraction and repulsion brought about by certain small living creatures, and, first and foremost, insects.
In line with the aesthetics of cabinets of curiosities, the artist strives to reveal the beauty and wonders at work in nature, playing on the oddness of creatures which generally provoke repulsion. She preserves the original shape of the wings and of the body of insects with resin or by the magic of electroforming, before enhancing their beauty with precise and delicate touches of pigments. The natural marks of time are preserved, a way for her to perpetuate their history and to inscribe them in a new cycle of life.