Michelle Forsyth

Orange Object on Red
Orange Object on Red (2015)
edition of 3 digital prints, aqueous pigment inks on lustre archival paper
image area 24″ x 24″
paper size 30″ x 30″

In order to convey the poetics of her lived experiences, Michelle Forsyth employs a diverse array of material processes, including paper cutting, painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, sewing, and weaving. She seeks beauty in her surroundings and takes pleasure in the respite it affords her.

Forsyth is a proponent of decorative repetition and champions the power of colour to stir emotions and elicit forgotten moments. Orange Object on Red pictures a bundle of objects: a hand-sewn copy of a dress Forsyth bought in Amsterdam, an orange obi given to her by Hiromi, a piece of red felt left over from her project for Nuit Blanche, a silk shirt she bought at Nordstrom with her dear friend Karen, and a hidden note to herself.


Michelle Forsyth is an associate professor of Drawing & Painting at OCAD University. Her work has been exhibited at international venues, including Mulherin + Pollard in New York, Zaum Projects in Lisbon, Pentimenti Gallery in Philadelphia, and Virginia Commonwealth University in Doha. Forsyth has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Artist Trust (Seattle), and was awarded the Larry Sommers Memorial Fellowship by Seattle Print Arts.