Michelle Faviola Ralph-Fortòn – SSF 2014 Featured Visual Artist
Michelle Faviola Ralph-Fortòn (Miami raised) is a fiber artist who received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013. Her work often evokes memory, present or destined premonitions. By using tactile and ephemeral materials, such as woven fabrics, the work remains intimate, providing narratives tainted with personal histories. The goal is not for audiences to pinpoint an origin, but to feel an extrinsic intensity, guiding them towards their own interpretation and recollected memories.
Conservation of cultural textiles and awareness for fair trade production are fields that resonate with her future goals. Michelle aspires to work directly with skilled artisans all over the world, designing for fair trade companies, while maintaining her own practice. She is hopeful to advance the movement of consumer awareness, using her weavings as a tool to relay social messages.
Her work was featured in the Young Textile Art Triennial (YTAT), Central Museum of Textiles in Lodz, Poland (2013). Most recently, she participated as a performer for Enough About You, work by Einat Amir during SCOPE Art Fair, Art Basel Miami Beach (2013). michellefaviola.com