Yael Harnik (b. 1986) is an Israeli artist based in Tel-Aviv, to which she returned after six years of living and working in Japan. Yael's practice focuses on textile and print, through which she explores concepts of time and space. In her works, she alternates between images and sensations as well as between visual and tangible. In 2012 Yael graduated from the Department of Textile Design at Shenkar College of Engineering, Design and Art, Israel. After receiving the prestigious Monbukagakusho Scholarship from the Japanese Ministry of Education in 2016, she began her studies at Tama Art University, Tokyo, where she earned her MA and completed her PhD (art) studies. Her works have been featured in solo exhibitions in Tokyo as well as in group exhibitions in Israel, South Korea, France, and Netherlands.
"Textile is a form of grid or net through which I explore systems of order and rhythm. My work with textile combines traditional production processes, modern perspective, and contemporary sensibilities - a combination that reflects my cultural complexity. In that regard, my works raise questions of identity and place.
In general, my practice is characterized by tectile processes of constructing and deconstructing cultural motifs. By that, I explore intercultural connections that can challenge conventional ideas of identity formation.
I am especially interested in the amount of time required for completing technical processes, as if practicing craft is a way of producing a sense of time. Through the play with time, my works address issues of mortality and spirituality. My visual language is formed by ongoing contemplation on repetition and cyclicality. Through the practice of repetition, my works reflect a sense of longing and explore the notion of displacement and belonging."
Contact & CV
2019-2022 PhD (DFA) Doctoral Degree program, Tama Art University, Tokyo, Japan
2017-2019 MFA Textile Department, Graduate School of Tama Art University, Tokyo, Japan
2009-2012 B.Des Textile Design Department, Shenkar College of Engineering, Design and Art, Ramat Gan, Israel
2022 I Am Forever Unfolding Between Two Folds, Place by Method Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2021 Disclosure, Sukiwa Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2019 Moons, Another Function Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Unfolding, Gallery Q, Tokyo, Japan
Selected Group Exhibitions
2023 Earth, Water, Wind, Fire…& Emptiness, Tikotin Museum, Haifa, Israel
2022 Doctoral Degree Course Graduation Exhibition, Tama Art University Museum, Tokyo, Japan
2021 Doctoral Degree Program 20-year Anniversary, Tama Art university, Art-Theque Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2020 TLV Biennial, Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel
2019 East, Jerusalem Design Week, The Hansen House, Jerusalem, Israel
Le Fil Bleu, La Cheminée Gallery, Albi, France
Nihonga, The Cuckoo’s Nest, Jaffa, Israel
At 00:00, Spiral, Tokyo, Japan
2018 Transient, Gallery Wolke, Tokyo, Japan
2015 Same Sky Same Land, Pulchri Gallery, The Hague, Netherlands
Same Sky Same Land, Liberaal Joodse Gemeente, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2012 Expo 2012, Israeli Pavilion, Yeosu, South Korea
Grants and Awards
2023 Finalist, Contemporary Talents Competition 12th edition, Fondation François Schneider, Wattwiller, France
2022 Finalist, Edmond de Rothschild Design Award 2022, Israel
2016-2022 Monbukagakusho Scholarship, an academic scholarship offered by the Japanese Ministry of Education
2020 Finalist, Contemporary Talents Competition 9th edition, Fondation François Schneider, Wattwiller, France
2019 Grand Prize, Kaie Hotel Competition collaboration with Tama Art University, Tokyo, Japan
2015 Same Sky Same Land, Commissioned working grant, Israel