NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 18: Dr. Neri Oxman, Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, MIT, speaks at The 2017 Concordia Annual Summit at Grand Hyatt New York on September 18, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Riccardo Savi/Getty Images for Concordia Summit)
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Born in Haifa, Israel, Oxman told CNN she learned early on to appreciate architecture.
“I grew up in a modernist house, in a modernist culture. There was a love for modernism everywhere – the furniture, the books, the food, even the cutlery,” she said.
She is a pioneer in design
Oxman is credited with creating the term material ecology, which looks at the make up of material as inseparable from parts of a design. She has pioneered the field, according to her official website. “In this approach, products and buildings are biologically informed and digitally engineered by, with and for, Nature,” her website says. Oxman has frequently used 3-D printing in her work as an artist, which has been placed in museums around the world.
She has collaborated with people in creative industries for her work
In an interview with W Magazine, Oxman said she likes to bring different fields together. She’s worked with singer Bjork and fashion designer Iris van Herpen in the past.
“I am equally fascinated and awed by visiting an Alexander McQueen show as I am looking under a microscope,” she said. “And this same level of intrigue visits me when I take on design journeys. I don’t think of fashion as fashion, or biology as biology. I don’t separate architecture, design or culture. What’s more important is a language of creativity that carries meaning.”
She dropped out of medical school
“It was one day, I remember it clearly – it was a hot day in Jerusalem, and I left class and called my father and announced to my parents I was going to leave medical school,” Oxman told CNN in 2012. “I don’t think I would have made for a good doctor. It was not meant to be, and it took me a long time to realize that.”
She has been married before
Oxman, who is intensely private about her personal life, married Aegentine composer Osvaldo Golijov in 2011. The two have since split, but it is not clear when. Oxman has previously said Golijov’s music had an influence over her work.
She connected with Pitt over design and architecture