MICHELLE FORSYTH



BIOGRAPHY

I was born in Vancouver, BC, I live and work in Toronto, ON, but I always will consider Victoria, BC home.

Statement

I employ a diverse array of material processes and conceptual approaches—including drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, sewing, weaving, as well as writing—in order to convey the poetics of my lived experiences. As such, I seek beauty in my surroundings and take pleasure in the respite it affords me. I am a proponent of decorative repetition, I champion the power of colour to stir emotions, and I swoon over the use of florid language that elicits forgotten moments or evokes scenes just barely remembered. For the past fifteen years I have made work in relation to public accounts of personal tragedy, and private tales of public spectacle. More recently, however, I have turned my attention inward, drawing meaning from my private life and the domestic struggles that ensue in the space of my home. I am currently writing my first book, Upstairs, which is a meditation on living with young onset Parkinson's Disease through an examination of my home and the items that fill it.

Biography

I hold an MFA from Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ); and a BFA from the University of Victoria (Victoria, BC). My work has been included in exhibitions at venues including: Mulherin + Pollard, (New York, NY); Zaum Projects (Lisbon, Portugal); Pentimenti Gallery (Philadelphia, PA); Auxiliary Projects (Brooklyn, NY); The Hunterdon Museum of Art (Clinton, NJ); The Charleston Heights Arts Center (Las Vegas, NV); Deluge Contemporary Art (Victoria, BC); and Mercer Union (Toronto, ON). I have been the recipient of grants from the Canada Council for the Arts (Ottawa, ON), Artist Trust (Seattle, WA), and was awarded the Larry Sommers Memorial Fellowship (Seattle Print Arts, WA). I currently serve on the board of CARFAC Ontario and have taught at Pratt Institute (New York, NY); Brooklyn College (Brooklyn, NY); University of Southern Maine (Gorham, ME); Washington State University (Pullman, WA). Currently, I hold an associate professor position at OCAD University (Toronto, ON).