Ellen Driscoll (US)

27.11 - 06.12.2011

Working in public art, sculpture, drawing, and installation, Ellen Driscoll's artwork draws inspiration from sources as varied as ancient memory arts, shadow play, and astronomy. Based on the exploration of paradoxes, her work features an array of disparate materials, including LEDs, cloth, mirrors, and milk cartons. Driscoll encourages the viewer to create an imaginative whole out of these assorted parts in order to discover the underlying interconnectedness of the world. While her work remains grounded in bricolage, in Driscoll's most recent endeavours, she has shifted focus from history and politics to environmental concerns.

Driscoll is a professor of sculpture at Rhode Island School of Design. Her 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).
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. http://www.ellendriscoll.net/

27.11 - 06.12.2011
Workshop and tutorials
01.12.2011 / 17:00 / VŠVU H135 / Public lecture
Presentation of the RISD and Sculpture Department

The project was supported by the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic and the US Embassy.