Ellen Driscoll Past
From Plants to Plastics: Studies in Cross Polination
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 endeavors, she has shifted focus from history and politics to environmental concerns.
This lecture is co-sponsored by MassArt's Sustainability Incubator, a Spring 2016 interdisciplinary platform for developing innovative curriculum and art/design projects at the intersection of social justice, health, and the environment.