| Leonardo/ISASTwith Arizona State University

Shannon Forrester

at Royal College of Art
United States
Focus area: Art Theory, Critical Theory

Shannon Forrester is an artist working internationally in the expanded field of painting, a practice-led researcher in contemporary art and has taught at institutions in the US as well as UK. Forrester’s research includes her transdisciplinary practice-led Ph.D. project titled The Reparative Turn in Painting – Monstrous Interventions in Art and Identity Studies. It presents a first look at reparative painting practice theory which reveals the potential of the reparative turn in painting, aesthetics, and narrative to subvert dynamics of identity-based marginalization. Forrester’s work has been included in exhibitions of international scope including the Kochi-Muziris Biennale collaterals and Volta NY, at academic conferences globally including the National Women’s Studies Association, the American Studies Association, the National Association for Fine Art Education, as well as Foundations in Art: Theory and Education. Publications include an article in the Art/Research International: A Transdisciplinary Journal special issue “Encountering Artistic Research Practices: Analyzing their Critical Social Potentialities” and more experimental writing in collections such as CARE(Less) a Supplement to On Care. Forrester was recently a FORENSIS Seminar Fellow at the New School’s Institute for Critical Social Inquiry.
Forrester’s education includes a Ph.D. in Fine Art Research as well as a Postgraduate Certificate in Art and Design Education from the Royal College of Art (London), an MFA in Painting as well as a Graduate Certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Boston University, and a BFA from SAIC. A new project related to reparative painting in the context of the events of January 6th is in development for which Forrester is back to school and is a Graduate Certificate in Security Studies Candidate at University of Massachusetts Lowell. Shannon served on the College Art Association’s Committee for Diversity as well as the Committee for Research and Scholarship. Aside from art, Shannon is always excited about purple, skiing, vegan food, or nice chats with good coffee.