MICHELLE FORSYTH

TEST PATTERNS


After the end of my relationship with Kevin, these paintings sat on the floor of my studio. In some ways, these artworks are my favorite pieces I have ever made. They are elegant and direct. I look at them nearly every day and they have served as generators for much of my recent pieces. I wanted to test out what would happen if I continued to work them, so I produced a series of painted mats to pair with them in order to re-frame, and re-contextualize the small gouache paintings. The new patterns are copied from cloth items I have aquired since moving to Toronto. Through this re-combination and re-contextualization of the familliar with the new, I offer combinations that mimic the subtle ways that things are combined and stored in the home.

blue-green with black-grey pattern, gouache on paper and 8 ply mat, 18 x 18 inches, 2014

blue-red with blue-red plaid, gouache on paper, 18 x 18 inches, 2014

Floral cloud with blue and red plaid, gouache on paper and 8 ply mat, 18 x 18 inches, 2014

Purple-pink with blue-green pattern, gouache on paper and 8 ply mat, 18 x 18 inches, 2014

Grey plaid with grey plaid, gouache on paper and 8 ply mat, 18 x 18 inches, 2014

Red and grey check with red and grey plaid, gouache on paper and 8 ply mat, 18 x 18 inches, 2014

Red, white and grey floral pattern with retro geometric pattern, gouache on paper and 8 ply mat, 18 x 18 inches, 2020

White and yellow floral pattern with orange check pattern, gouache on paper and 8 ply mat, 18 x 18 inches, 2016

Green plaid with yellow plaid, gouache on paper and 8 ply mat, 18 x 18 inches, 2016

Red floral pattern with black and white weave, gouache on paper and 8 ply mat, 18 x 18 inches, 2018

Colourful plaid, gouache on paper mounted on wood, 12 x 12 inches, 2015

Blue and red plaid on grey plaid, gouache on paper mounted on wood, 12 x 12 inches, 2015

Red and grey check with red and grey plaid, gouache on paper mounted to wood, 18 x 18 inches, 2015

Pattern for red florals with green stain, gouache on grid paper, 12 x 12 inches, 2015

Red plaid, gouache on paper mounted to wood, 12 x 12 inches, 2015

Red and blue plaid, gouache on paper mounted to wood, 12 x 12 inches, 2015