Neil Forrest is an internationally exhibiting ceramic artist and professor at NSCAD University (Nova Scotia College of Art and Design) and a research relationship with The Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHIO) in Norway.
Forrest’s earlier ceramic works developed an idea of synthetic landscape fragments that would colonize built spaces. These micro- and macro-structures offer architectonic strategies of aggregation and connective systems to extend the reach of ceramics as long chains or complex matrixes as part of post-modern space. His recent ideas discuss place, architecture and specific historical events around modernity and national identity. Forrest is involved in a multi-year research grant called ‘Porøs,’ in conjunction with The Oslo National Academy of the Arts. The project originates in the nature of clay itself – how porosity works as expressive instrument.
Forrest received his Masters from Alfred University in New York, his BFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan and diploma from Sheridan College of Craft.