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"Thicket" solo exhibition opens May 5, 6-9, Rafius Fane Gallery
detail of Untitled, 2016, 44" x 60", ink and collage on paper

Thicket
May 5— June 23
Opening
Reception Friday, May 5th 6—9pm
Wed-Fri 1-5pm
Sat-Sun 11am- 4 pm
or by appointment
508-843-2184
Rafius Fane Gallery

The Rafius Fane Gallery is pleased to present “Thicket”, a solo exhibition of
recent sculptures and drawings by Ellen Driscoll. In her sculptures, Driscoll
combines cloth that typically covers the body as clothing or blanket with larger
abstractions of maps and diagrams, or the wilds of tangled forest branches . 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 her sculptures, the single body is situated within a much larger sense of drift,
migration, and realignment. In her 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.