Michelle Forsyth is an artist working with sculpture and photography. Her work is autobiographical, making references to her own memory and patterns in her life. Forsyth presents her sculptures in bundles that are wrapped, sewn or woven together around personal notes that are intentionally kept secret. At first glance, her works might appear abstract. They are not. Every pattern depicted is a representation of the patterns on items found in her closet. Colour and pattern are employed in the work, at times aggressively, on the surface of the materials. The final step in this process is to photograph the work, creating and controlling an environment for the sculptures to exist in. Each finished work is accompanied by a text passage outlining the poetry of the objects depicted.
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).