MICHELLE FORSYTH



BIOGRAPHY

Biography

For many years now I have employed text as a part of my practice, yet it is only very recently that I have used writing as the primary attribute of a finished work. This is, perhaps, due to the fact that I move quite slowly and I can develop thoughts in my head more quickly than I can make things. Words—whether embedded within the structure of a piece itself, or included as a footnote to it—roll out quickly for me, and have ranged from passages describing public accounts of personal tragedy, and private tales of public spectacle, to the more recent, personal writing where I draw meaning from my private life and the domestic struggles that ensue in the space of my home.

I think of myself as an interdisciplinary artist, yet my practice is difficult to classify. And although I generally combine text with image, I do not consider myself to be a writer, nor do I think of myself as a painter. My work involves printmaking and photography, drawing and sculpture, but it is in the fluid interplay of these disciplines that I feel most at home. In this space, I combine experiments in optical phenomenon with an exploration of the fluidity of language. I often work on things that take a lot of time and my process is focused on keeping my hands busy so I can think, mourn, and express a sense of vulnerability. My imagery also reflects this sensibility. Fleeting presences and things left behind, such as images of mattresses dumped in the woods, clouds floating overhead, wildflowers growing up though the cracks in the sidewalk, and reproductions of my cast off clothes, occupy my work.

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 such as: Mulherin + Pollard, (New York, NY); Zaum Projects (Lisbon, Portugal); The BRIC Arts Media House (Brooklyn, NY); Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar (Doha, Qatar); Pentimenti Gallery (Philadelphia, PA); Auxiliary Projects (Brooklyn, NY); The Hunterdon Museum of Art (Clinton, NJ); The Luminary Center for the Arts (St. Louis, MO); 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 have taught courses at Pratt Institute (New York, NY); Brooklyn College (Brooklyn, NY); University of Southern Maine (Gorham, ME); Washington State University (Pullman, WA), and currently hold a tenured position at OCAD University (Toronto, ON).