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Finding Resonant Details in a Big Picture: A Conversation with Ellen Driscoll
by Jan Riley

A professor of sculpture at the Rhode Island School of Design, Ellen Driscoll is known for complex installations such as The Loophole of Retreat (Whitney Museum at Philip Morris, 1991) and Passionate Attitudes (Thread-waxing Space, 1995), as well as a variety of public art projects including As Above, So Below, a suite of mosaic and glass works for Grand Central Terminal (1999); Catching the Drift, a women’s restroom for the Smith College Museum of Art (2003); Aqueous Humour, a kinetic sculpture for the South Boston Maritime Park (2004); and a recently completed work at the Cambridge Public Library. 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.


FastForwardFossil: Part 1, 2009. Harvasted #2 plastic, 4 x 8 x 18 ft.


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