Ellen Driscoll
Medium: Drawing and Sculpture

Studio Location:
110 Nevins Street
Studio # First floor

Email: ellendriscoll@gmail.com

Website:: www.ellendriscoll.net

Artist Bio:
Ellen Driscoll's work encompasses sculpture, drawing, and public art installation. Recent large scale installations include "CartOURgraphy" for the International High School and Middle College High School in Long Island City, NY, "Night to Day, Here and Away" for the Sarasota National Cemetery, "Distant Mirrors" for the Providence River, and "FastForwardFossil #2" at Smack Mellon in Brooklyn. Earlier works include "The Loophole of Retreat" at the Whitney Museum at Phillip Morris, "As Above, So Below" for Grand Central Terminal (a suite of 20 mosaic and glass images for the tunnels at 45th, 47th, and 48th Streets), "Catching the Drift", a restroom for the Smith College Museum of Art, and "Wingspun" for the International Arrivals corridor at Raleigh Durham airport. Ms. Driscoll has been awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bunting Institute at Harvard University, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Massachusetts Council on the Arts, the LEF Foundation, the Rhode Island Foundation, Anonymous Was a Woman, a 2014 Fine Arts Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a 2015 Siena Arts Institute Fellowship. Her work is included in major public and private collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of Art. She is Program Director of Studio Arts and Visiting Professor of Sculpture at Bard College.

Artist Statement:
There's a huge shipping crane at the end of my new street. I hold up my thumb and align it with the edge of the shipping container on the crane. For this brief moment, they share a line in space, my body aligned to points both near and far. If indeed the tiniest speck of dust can be considered the trace material of the Big Bang, then my work inserts a human index to make points and lines of connection on that continuum from the infinitesimal to the gigantic.
In my public art, sculpture, drawing, and installations, I try to instigate slight shifts of perception that will provoke a wobble in the axis of certainty, and create openings for perceptual realignment. In a recent artwork, I burned the wind currents of the Atlantic Ocean into a woolen blanket passed down through generations in my family. The edges of continents were cut away at the bottom of the blanket where one's feet would be. Land then became air. The wandering feet of the sleeper described the edges of this unknown terrain. While my materials range from recycled plastic to Roman style mosaic, to cloth, glass, or walnut ink, my investigations--provoked by chance encounter---search for that deeper affinity underneath what is seemingly "unlike".
"Knowledge of the world tends to dissolve the solidity of the world, leading to a perception of all that is infinitely minute, light, and mobile...But these are only the outward appearances of a single common substance that....if stirred by profound emotion....may be changed into what most differs from it."
Italo Calvino, Six Memos for the Next Millenium

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