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Elizabeth Forrest’s work has generally focused on representational exploration through the formal or cultural associations of objects using the graphic medium of woodblock print. She has printed almost exclusively on washi since 1979, and has always found its translucence and absorbency most sympathetic to working in relief printmaking, whether using oil or waterbased inks. In fact, it was her love of the material that contributed to her desire to spend time in Japan, which became an eleven year sojourn. There Forrest learned that sometimes washi papers have a huge range of specific uses and there is probably a best one for one’s particular intention.

Forrest attended the Ontario College of Art after obtaining a B.A. in English at Glendon College. She later taught printmaking at OCA then travelled to Japan to study mokuhanga (Japanese woodblock printing) with renowned printmaker, Akira Kurosaki. 2008, Forrest, Kurosaki and other artists participated in an exhibition of contemporary mokuhanga at the Japan Foundation, Toronto. Forrest exhibited work and presented a paper at the First International Mokuhanga Conference in Japan, 2011. She has been awarded four Canada Council grants, and recently completed a residency in Grate's Cove, Newfoundland.

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