Drifter, 2014, 8"H x 5'L x 36"W, digital print on cloth, felt, waxEllen Driscoll
May 5 – June 23, 2017
Friday, May 5th 6—9pm
In recent fabric sculptures, Driscoll combines cloth that typically covers the body as clothing or blanket with larger abstractions of maps and diagrams, or a repeated photograph of a tangled thicket . The scale of the singular and intimate body is set against the much larger scale of cities, forests, wind currents and continents. In her drawings, exquisite plants and birds inhabit dystopian wildernesses–freshly minted worlds emerging from post-industrial landscapes. The artist removes the ink with water to reveal the silhouettes of both plants and birds. These ghost images within the drawings are palimpsests of what survives and adapts in spite of environmental adversity. In the sculptures, the single body is situated within a much larger sense of drift, migration, and realignment. In the drawings, the plants and birds are caught in webs of rapidly evolving ecological shift where what is indoors and what is outdoors are in visual flux. In both media, the artist shifts our perception and destabilizes our vantage point, creating openings for new perspectives to emerge.
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