Michelle Forsyth’s autobiographical practice spans sculpture, printmaking, photography, and performance. Making reference to indelible memories and patterns, Forsyth presents her sculptures in bundles that are wrapped, sewn, or woven together. Inside each bundle are personal notes that are intentionally shielded from the viewer. Each colour and pattern is a piece of textile, memoriabilia, or ephemera from the artist’s closet. After the completition of her sculptures, Forsyth translates her work into photographs and further intervenes in the process by painting on the photographs.
Forsyth explores the creative potential of her tremor and fine motor skills after being diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s. In her series Improvisations, Forsyth appears for the first time in her work, wrapped in patterned creations that celebrate her augmented body. The artist disappers and reimerges through the bold patterns, capturing the artist’s conflicting desires both hide and embrace her illness.
Forsyth holds an MFA from Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ); and a BFA from the University of Victoria (Victoria, BC). Her work has been exhibited internationally in the USA, Portugal and Qatar. Forsyth has been the recipient of grants from the Canada Council for the Arts (Ottawa, ON), and Artist Trust (Seattle, WA). Her printing practice has been supported and awarded from the Larry Sommers Memorial Fellowship (Seattle Print Arts, WA) and the Nick Novak Fellowship (Open Studio, Toronto, ON). Forsyth has been a resident at the Frans Masereel Centrum (Kasterlee, Belgium), The Banff Centre (Banff AB), The Textile Centre (Blöndos, Iceland), and The University of Southern Maine (Gorham, ME). She currently holds a tenured position at OCAD University (Toronto, ON).