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Ellen Driscoll
updated: 03/29/2010
website: ellendriscoll.net
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Water's Edge
Deep Freeze
Night Ship
Glacier
Oil Rig
 
Portfolio Keywords:  landscape, architecture, social criticism, organic, consumer culture
 
 
untitled by Ellen Driscoll
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Ink on paper
2009
7 ft" x  6 ft" 
untitled by Ellen Driscoll
untitled
Ink on paper
2009
7 ft" x  6 ft" 
untitled by Ellen Driscoll
untitled
Ink on paper
2009
7 ft" x  6 ft" 
untitled by Ellen Driscoll
untitled
Ink on paper
2009
7 ft" x  6 ft" 
untitled by Ellen Driscoll
untitled
Ink on paper
2009
7 ft" x  6 ft" 
Water's Edge by Ellen Driscoll
Water's Edge
Ink on paper
2008
40 in" x  7.5 ft" 
Deep Freeze by Ellen Driscoll
Deep Freeze
Ink on paper
2008
40 in" x  7.5 ft" 
Night Ship by Ellen Driscoll
Night Ship
Ink on paper
2008
40 in " x  7.5 ft" 
Glacier by Ellen Driscoll
Glacier
Ink and pencil on paper
2007
11 in " x  8.5 in " 
Oil Rig by Ellen Driscoll
Oil Rig
Ink and pencil on paper
2007
11.5 in " x  23 in " 

Artist Statement
The recent drawings imagine a future world in which the end game of resource consumption at present rates has resulted in the refugee camp atop the water tower, the North Sea oil rig sharing the ocean's horizon with wildfires and garbage scows, where the development plans for suburban McMansions share space with favelas and slums, where a tent encampment settles at the foot of the melting glacier, where power plants overflow their boundaries and infiltrate urban neighborhoods. Using the limited palette of grisaille or sepia, the worlds in these drawings are drained of color, and yet filled with flux and fluids to indicate the instability of the worlds they depict.

Artist Bio / CV

Ellen Driscoll's sculptures, drawings, and installations explore resource consumption and material lineage. Her latest multi-part, multi-year project, FASTFORWARDFOSSIL highlights the relationship between water and oil consumption and was displayed at the Smack Mellon Gallery in Brooklyn, NY and Frederike Taylor Gallery, New York, NY. Driscoll's previous work includes installations such as “The Loophole of Retreat” (Whitney Museum at Phillip Morris, 1991), and “Passionate Attitudes” (Threadwaxing Space, New York, 1995), public art projects such as “As Above, So Below” for Grand Central Terminal (1999), a suite of 20 mosaic and glass works for the tunnels at 45th,47th and 48th streets, “Catching the Drift”, a women’s restroom for the Smith College Museum of Art (2003), and “Aqueous Humour”, a kinetic sculpture for the South Boston Maritime Park (2004). Ms. Driscoll has been awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Anonymous Was a Woman, the LEF Foundation,and Radcliffe’s Bunting Institute. Her work is included in major public and private collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of Art. Ellen Driscoll is currently the head of the sculpture department at Rhode Island School of Design.