- Venti Trasversali at Museo di Storie Naturale, Siena2016
Venti Trasversali These drawings began with an investigation into the historical process of making charcoal in Tuscany. Four indigenous trees—oak, chestnut, pine, and arbutus—are used in this ancient process. Because of its unique molecular composition, charcoal is now used globally to extract toxins—from earth, from people—as a healing corrective. In the drawings, this molecular remedy is represented by honeycomb sieves. In one drawing, the maps of countries are caught by the sieve.
- Prospectus for the Nation: Paintings on Recycled Plastic2012
Ellen Driscoll’s Prospectus for the Nation project consists of a content-rich website dedicated to research she did on oil and plastic production/consumption as well as documentation of the creation and installation of “Distant Mirrors” for the Providence River. She also has contributed small paintings on #2 recycled plastic that will be reproduced for the Prospectus “Box” of artist-made objects and sold individually in the future.”
- Fastforwardfossil;Part2, Drawings2009
Fastforwardfossil; Part 2, Drawings, 2009 exhibited at Smack Mellon, 2009 These drawings are based on a close study of the inner workings of Ireland’s only oil refinery in Whitegate, which I had access to in August 2009 through the Sirius Art Centre residency. By using shifts of scale between the macro and the micro, they depict a dystopic future based on rampant oil consumption. The worlds in the drawings are drained of color, but filled with the flux and spillage of a potentially chaotic future.