Michelle Forrest-Beckett’s practice and practice-based research are founded upon artistic propositions that actively struggle to present themselves as coherent language. Exploring these inchoate propositions she constructs spatial connections and intuitive leaps as a form of inconclusive language.
Incorporating performative acts of unfixing and reshaping within her practice, with the aim of challenging habituated thinking, reinforced behaviours and belief systems, Michelle curates constellations of signs, materials and processes to decentre any one viewpoint and take thought into unexpected directions.
In recent work, the digital becomes material in the form of three-dimensional spreadsheets that are on the brink of collapse, and a slowly processed, hand-drawn algorithm plays by the rules when pattern recognition is explored spatially, while the interpretation of the data evolves in less predictable ways.
Drawing attention to that which is incoherent, to intensify it as a thing in itself, what culminates in Michelle’s practice is a form of aesthetic climax, that overflows with unbounded sequences, iterations and potentialities.