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Michelle Forsyth
updated: 04/17/2012
website: www.michelleforsyth.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Dark Watercolor 009
Dark Watercolor 009 (detail)
Dark Watercolor 010
Dark Watercolor 012
Dark Watercolor 011
Dark Watercolor 001
Dark Watercolor 005
Dark Watercolor 006
Dark Watercolor 006 (detail)
Dark Watercolors, studio shot
Dark Watercolors, studio shot
New York Times, July 18, 1996
Anonymous (eyewitness)
New York Times, July 18, 1996
New York Times, July 18, 1996
 
Portfolio Keywords:  meditative, text, abstract, craft, repetition, obsessive, optical, pattern, process
 
 
Dark Watercolor 009 by Michelle Forsyth
Dark Watercolor 009
Watercolor, thread, and colored pencil on paper
2013
30 " x  30 " 
Dark Watercolor 009 (detail) by Michelle Forsyth
Dark Watercolor 009 (detail)
Watercolor, thread, and colored pencil on paper
2013
30 " x  30 " 
Dark Watercolor 010 by Michelle Forsyth
Dark Watercolor 010
Watercolor and colored pencil on paper
2012
45 " x  45 " 
Dark Watercolor 012 by Michelle Forsyth
Dark Watercolor 012
Watercolor, acrylic, and colored pencil on paper
2012
39 " x  39 " 
Dark Watercolor 011 by Michelle Forsyth
Dark Watercolor 011
Watercolor, acrylic, thread, and colored pencil on paper
2012
30 " x  30 " 
Dark Watercolor 001 by Michelle Forsyth
Dark Watercolor 001
Watercolor and colored pencil on paper
2011
43 " x  43 " 
Dark Watercolor 005 by Michelle Forsyth
Dark Watercolor 005
Watercolor, thread, and colored pencil on paper
2012
17.25 " x  17.25 " 
Dark Watercolor 006 by Michelle Forsyth
Dark Watercolor 006
Watercolor and colored pencil on paper on wood
2012
39 " x  39 "  x 1 " 
Dark Watercolor 006 (detail) by Michelle Forsyth
Dark Watercolor 006 (detail)
Watercolor and colored pencil on paper on wood
2012
39 " x  39 "  x 1 " 
Dark Watercolors, studio shot by Michelle Forsyth
Dark Watercolors, studio shot
Various
2012
Dimensions variable
Dark Watercolors, studio shot by Michelle Forsyth
Dark Watercolors, studio shot
Various
2012
Dimensions variable
New York Times, July 18, 1996 by Michelle Forsyth
New York Times, July 18, 1996
hand punched paper
2008
20 " x  30 " 
Anonymous (eyewitness) by Michelle Forsyth
Anonymous (eyewitness)
hand punched paper
2008
20 " x  30 " 
New York Times, July 18, 1996 by Michelle Forsyth
New York Times, July 18, 1996
hand punched paper
2008
20 " x  30 " 
New York Times, July 18, 1996 by Michelle Forsyth
New York Times, July 18, 1996
hand punched paper
2008
20 " x  30 " 

Artist Statement

My work resides in a space between being intimately beautiful yet conceptually very dark. Memory and loss experienced by others has often been the locus of my work, as I have always identified with a struggle to forget in a culture where private moments of grief and despair are often witnessed in public ways. In the studio, I explore my own subjectivity in relation to things past, to past events, to paths I have chosen for myself, or to people in my life. I do this by making work in intimate ways, such as painting with tiny brushes, cutting and stacking tiny circles of paper, stitching details with embroidery thread, and, more recently, by weaving lines of color together. The finished work can sometimes appear merely decorative, therefore, I often include passages of text to accompany each work to provide markers for reading it. Overall, I equate my process as one akin to mourning rather than a craft. Repetition is employed to mark time’s passing, and with it I build elaborate surfaces covered with minute hand embellishment. In this private, performative act of making, I hide my regrets and my fears, yet find myself slip into moments of reverie.

Artist Bio / CV
Born in Vancouver, BC in 1972, 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 numerous group and solo exhibitions across north America and abroad, most notably at Zaum Projects (Lisbon, Portugal); Pentimenti Gallery (Philadelphia, PA); The Hogar Collection (Brooklyn, NY); The Hunterdon Museum of Art (Clinton, NJ); The Charleston Heights Arts Center (Las Vegas, NV); Deluge Contemporary Art (Victoria, BC); Mercer Union (Toronto, ON); The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture (Spokane, WA); and The Kirkland Art Center (Seattle, WA). I have been the recipient of two project awards from the Canada Council for the Arts (2005,2007); two GAP grants from Artist Trust (2007, 2010); and was recently awarded the Larry Sommers Memorial Fellowship from Seattle Print Arts (2011). My work is featured in books including: The Anthology of Art: in Theory and Dialogue, edited by Jochen Gerz, and Carte Blanche, Vol. 2 - Painting, a survey of the current state of Canadian painting. I have taught courses at Pratt Institute (New York, NY), Brooklyn College (Brooklyn, NY) and am currently head of painting at Washington State University (Pullman, WA).