Talia Mukmel is a third-generation member of a family of textile designers and producers. Since childhood she has been exposed to the process of utilizing materials for self-production or crafting. Her passion has been to research a wide variety of materials in quest of new textures to be used in her work as a craft artist. Mukmel seeks to find the essence of the material that gives an object its identity and meaning. Her work has led her to create a singular language comprised of materials and basic shapes, almost primitive in nature, which she fashions into three-dimensional objects, modifying them to express a contemporary vision.

“My goal as an artist and a designer is to continue my material-philosophic research in an attempt to dismantle and reconnect the habitual processes which have led us to refrain from asking questions.”

In this period of post-modernism, Mukmel’s research has given rise to the questionable existence, or non-existence, of the emotional attachment that once bound the craftsman to the material objects he or she produced. As a designer, she has taken up the challenge to fortify or create that connection as part of her own creative process. She wavers between the old and the new in an effort to find a balance between them. creating in her work a distinct element of tension between past and present. The observer is thus invited to join Mukmel in her search to redefine meaning in the objects used in our daily lives.

Talia Mukmel (1985) is an artist and a designer, creates in a multidisciplinary field. She graduated the Industrial Design Department at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem (2012). Mukmel has exhibited her artworks in galleries and exhibitions around the world. Nowadays her work is presented at the Triennale di Milano as part of the exhibition “Broken Nature” and at the Design Museum Holon (Israel), at the exhibition “Genetic Dialogue” a collaboration between her and the textile artist, Juany Mukmel, her mother.

Selected Exhibitions

2019     Genetic Dialogue“, Design Museum Holon, Curator: Rona Zinger, Holon

2019     “Broken Nature: design takes on human survival”, XXII Triennale Milan, Curator: Paola Antonelli, Milan

2019    “Untitled” – main exhibition, Curators: Yifat Gurion & Michal Baharav Uzrad, Fresh paint art fair, Tel-Aviv

2019    “East”, Jerusalem Design Week, Hansen House, Jerusalem

2018    “1000 Vases” by Roberto Baciocchi (Prada), Espace Commines, Design week, Paris
2018     “Collective Recollection” by Design Museum Holon, Hankin Gallery, Holon

2017    “Nostalgic memory”, B.Y5 gallery, Tel-Aviv

2016    “Non contagious exhibition”, Hensen House, Jerusalem
2016     “GLOBAL” , Aybar Gallery, Design Miami, Miami FL
2016     “White Canvas”, Mint Gallery, London Design Festival, London
2016     Form & Seek, Milan Design week, Ventura Lambrate, Milan
2016     Entratalibera design gallery, Milan Design week, Milan
2016     “Smart materials/ Dumb materials”, Vitrina Gallery, Holon
2016     “Old craft / New craft”, Binyamini Center, Tel-Aviv

2015     “Complete / Broken” Neve Shechter, Tel-Aviv

2013     “Design Fresh Paint”, Tel-Aviv
2013     “Nourritures Premieres”, Maison & Objet, Bureau Elizabeth Leriche, Paris

2012     “High Risk/Low Tech” – Contemporary Design A Time of Crisis, Berlin

2011     “Thinking Hands” by Bezalel Academy, Design week, Ventura Lambrate, Milan

Museum’s Permanent Collections

– MMU Special Collections, Arts Council England Accredited Museum, Manchester
– Design Museum Holon Collection
, Holon

Artist Residencies and Programs

2019   (from Sep) Arts/Industry residency program, John Michael Kohler Arts Center at Kohler Co., Kohler, Wisconsin, USA
“Same sky same land”, Excellence program for artists and designers, led by Uri Tzaig, Tel-Aviv, Israel