Michelle Forsyth to participate in a Panel Discussion: Creating with Parkinson’s

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Saturday, April 9, 2016 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Michelle Forsyth will be speaking along with her neurologist, Dr. Alfonso Fosano (Toronto Western Hospital), and TBA about how Parkindon's impacts creativity.

Michelle Forsyth recently underwent deep brain stimulation surgery for Parkinson’s disease. She will discuss Parkinson’s and sensuality, specifically focusing on her recent work. Forsyth teaches painting at OCAD University.

Alfonso Fasano will discuss Parkinson’s disease as a window into the neurobiology of creativity. Dr. Alfonso Fasano, MD, PhD is Associate Professor, University of Toronto, as well as the Director of the surgical program for movement disorders Movement Disorders Centre at Toronto Western Hospital

In Partnership with the Parkinson Society of Southwestern Ontario

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Michelle Forsyth: Footnotes

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Friday, June 15, 2018 - 10:00am to Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 6:00pm

Michelle Forsyth:  Footnotes

June 15, 2018 – July 14, 2018


June 15, 2018 – 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Footnotes is the first solo exhibition of work by Michelle Forsyth in Toronto. Her work is both material and conceptual, and includes: sculpture, weaving, writing, painting, in addition to printmaking, which she uses to examine her changing relationship to the objects in her home. Recent screenprinted photographs of bundled objects and screenprinted text passages that have been folded and photographed against patterned backgrounds will be included in this exhibition.

Michelle Forsyth employs a diverse array of material processes to create a taxonomy of objects in her home. She is a proponent of decorative repetition, she champions the power of colour to stir emotions, and she swoons over the use of florid language that elicits forgotten moments or evokes scenes just barely remembered. Tales of companionship and narratives describing human vulnerability often accompany her works. Whether embedded within the structure of the work itself, or included as a footnote to a piece, she uses these stories to express her gratitude for those with whom she has shared her life. Forsyth thinks of these stories when she works in the studio, and her process is focused on keeping her hands busy so she can think, mourn, and commemorate her past.

Michelle Forsyth holds an MFA from Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ); and a BFA from the University of Victoria (Victoria, BC). Her 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). She has received grants from the Canada Council (Ottawa, ON), Artist Trust (Seattle, WA), and was awarded the Larry Sommers Memorial Fellowship (Seattle Print Arts, WA). She has participated in residencies at the Banff Centre (Banff, AB), and The Frans Masereel Centrum (Kasterlee, Belgium). Michelle Forsyth currently teaches at OCAD University (Toronto, ON).

An essay by Jenn Law accompanies the exhibition. Please click here to download the brochure.

Image: Michelle Forsyth, Black & White Stack, 2018, Inkjet print on Hahnemüehle paper, paper size: 30 x 30 inches, edition 5/5, image size: 24 x 24″.

1A chartreuse satin sits nestled amongst a voluptuous cacophony of black-and-white woven patterns. I found the acid green a-line dress on a sale rack containing mostly dull browns and greys. The arrangement, I assume, was designed to catch my eye. 

Venue & Address: 
Open Studio 401 Richmond Street West Suite 104 Toronto, Ontario

Michelle Forsyth: Contemporary Fibres

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 10:00am to Friday, January 19, 2018 - 6:00pm

Contemporary Fibres is an exhibition created to bring focus to artists whose work disrupts the protected and traditional silos of media, centring on this versatile medium of fibre. Some of the artists in this show are fibre artists whose work pushes into photography, performance or drawing, while others strike out from painting, sculpture, or jewelry to explore the fibre realm. All of the explorations seen in this show can be placed along the moving spectrum of craft and concept. Whether the influence of the craft of fibre on other media, the tangible outcome of loss, the document of injustice, or the re-contextualization of the modernist grid the nine artists in this show bring a unique and cross-disciplinary voice to the art of fibres.

Opening: 1-3pm and 5-7pm on Tuesday, November 28, 2017.

The show will run from November 21, 2017 – January 19, 2018.

Participating artists include: Indira Allegra, Wyly Astley, Raissa Bump, Michelle Forsyth, Mandy Greer, Emma Jane Levitt, Meg Lipke, Brooke Marks-Swanson, and Zipporah Camille Thompson.

Venue & Address: 
North Seattle Community College, Seattle, WA, USA.
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Michelle Forsyth to give lectures at Valley City State & South Dakota State Universities

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - 4:00am to Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 4:00am

Michelle Forsyth is scheduled to give lectures at: Valley City State University (ND) on October 11 and South Dakota State University (SD) on October 13

Michelle Forsyth, who lives and  work in Toronto, employs a diverse array of material processes—including cut-paper, painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, sewing, and weaving—in order to convey the poetics of her lived experience. As such, she seeks beauty in her surroundings and takes pleasure in the respite it affords her. She is a proponent of decorative repetition and champions the power of colour to stir emotions, and elicit forgotten moments. 

Recently, Forsyth has turned her attention inward, drawing meaning from her private life and the domestic struggles that ensue in the space of her home. She is currently writing her first book, Upstairs, which is a meditation on living with young onset Parkinson's Disease through an examination of her home and the items that fill it. During her talk she will discuss the process of writing and designing this book and the works that lead to it. Her book is a memoir, moonlighting as a coffee table book, moonlighting as a colouring book. 


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Valley City State University (ND) on October 11 South Dakota State University (SD) on October 13
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