University of Alberta
Amanda Forrest-Chan is currently pursuing her Master of Fine Arts degree in Printmaking at the University of Alberta. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Recently her images were published in Ars Medica: A Journal of Medicine, Arts and Humanities. She has completed artist residencies throughout Canada and is a recipient of the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canadian Graduate Scholarship, and the Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement (which has brought her to her current location at the University of Dundee, Scotland). Both scholarships were awarded to Forrest-Chan from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Graduate Scholarships Council of the Canadian government.
A Body’s Understanding
My research has developed through my interest in physical and non-physical ideas about the body. Constantly sensing my own materiality, I find relation and experiences with other material things/beings impossible to ignore. Creating art provides a place where I can enter and sort through my confusion about life, experiences of pain, loss, trauma, the passing of time, death, and a sense of hope. The act of making and seeing the outcome of artistic processes has evoked an internal empathy on which I base my practise, and I now see my body as a material thing, and a kind of container.