Michal Fargo’s work explores materiality and the contrast between urban lifestyle and natural inclinations. Her ceramics defy binary oppositions: abstract/ figurative, organic/ artificial, imitation/ interpretation. Deploying subject matter from “cave-man-esque” meat trophies to natural sea coral and sponges, Fargo toys with the human senses. Born in Israel in 1984, Fargo studied ceramic design at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem between 2007 and 2011. Since 2011, she has written for the Israeli design blog Redesign and worked as a ceramic sculpting instructor at several arts centres around Israel, while making her own work from a small studio in Tel Aviv’s Noga neighbourhood. Fargo’s work is included in private collections and institutions such as the Design Museum Holon, the Materials Library Holon (both in Israel), the Jingdezhen Ceramic Museum in China, and the Shepparton Art Museum in Australia. Fargo completed her Master’s degree in design at the Royal College of Art in London, as the recipient of an RCA/Clore-Bezalel scholarship (2014).
Her work was recently acquired by the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm through the Bengt Julin Foundation.
In 2012 Michal Fargo was the recipient of the International Artist in the 2012 Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award, click to view a short film about practice.
We are delighted to announce that that we will be exhibiting Michal Fargo’s work at Collect: The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects.