• New Leaf Drawings
  • Botany and Landscape

    Slipstream In Ellen Driscoll’s recent work, plants are drawn into allegorical tableaux that speak to environmental change and adaptation. Some of the plants in her herbarium are used for remediation of toxins in soil, such as the sunflower which is use …

  • Venti Trasversali at Museo di Storie Naturale, Siena

    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.

  • Siena Art Institute video by Gabriele Clementi

    This short video shows the process of drawings created at the Siena Art Institute Fall Project residency.

  • Rome drawings

    This series of drawings were generated while in Rome from January 2013 – June 2013, while serving as the Chief Critic for the European Honors program of RISD.

  • Prospectus for the Nation: Paintings on Recycled Plastic

    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 Drawings

    Fastforwardfossil Drawings, 2007-8 exhibited with Fastforwardfossil; Part 1 at Frederieke Taylor Gallery, 2009

  • Fastforwardfossil;Part2, Drawings

    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.

  • Drawings 2007-8

    Drawings, 2007-8

  • Drawings 2003-5

    Drawings 2003-5

  • Drawings 2001-3

    Drawings 2001-3