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Rosalyn Driscoll

24 O'Neil Road
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Phone: 413-320-7224
URL: http://www.rosalyndriscoll.com

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BIO

Rosalyn Driscoll’s early work in painting and drawing focused on the human body, merging visible surfaces and underlying anatomical structures. She then turned to hand-papermaking to create abstract collages, drawing her imagery from the internal experience of her body.
Interest in the body led to making sculptures that explored touch as a way of knowing and engaging viewers’ bodies. These early tactile sculptures were designed for people with visual disabilities, but she found that touching enriches the aesthetic experience for everyone.
Her sculptures and installation are no longer explicitly tactile, but they continue to draw from and speak to the inner somatic senses, evoking bodily feelings such as balance, pressure, motion and emotion.
Since discovering rawhide during a residency in New Mexico, it has become her signature material. She makes use of its amber color, its mottled, scarred surfaces that expose the life of the cow, its malleability, animation, translucence, and evocation of life, death and transformation. She sometimes incorporates neon and light into the work, and collaborates with filmmakers to integrate moving images into the structure and meaning, enriching and transforming both matter and image.
Driscoll is a member of Boston Sculptors Gallery and Sensory Sites, an international collective based in London that explores multi-sensory perception in its installations. Her work has received awards and fellowships from New England Foundation for the Arts, Massachusetts Cultural Council (twice), and residencies at Dartington Hall Trust, UK, Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico, and Qoricancha in Cuzco, Peru.

 

RESUME

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2017    To Bed, Boston Sculptors Gallery, Boston, MA

2015    Blindsight (with Sarah Bliss) Boston Sculptors Gallery, Boston, MA

2014    Moving Water, (with Tereza Stehlikova), October Gallery, London, UK

2013    Water Over Fire, Boston Sculptors Gallery, Boston, MA

Generation, (with Tereza Stehlikova), GV Art Gallery, London, UK

Poetics of Skin 2, (with Sarah Bliss), Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA

2012    Every Mother (with Tereza Stehlikova) Kingsgate Gallery,London, UK

2010    Natural Light, Boston Sculptors Gallery, Boston, MA

2008    Body Sight, Boston Sculptors Gallery, Boston, MA

2006    Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tuebingen, Germany

Second Skin, Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Brattleboro, VT

2005    Form is Emptiness, Oresman Gallery, Smith College, Northampton, MA

1999    Sculptures of Rosalyn Driscoll, Westenberg Gallery, Marfa, TX 

Recent Sculptures, Thorne’s Gallery, Northampton, MA

The Sense of Touch, University of Arizona Art Museum, Tucson, AZ

1995    The Art of Touch, Middlebury College Art Museum, Middlebury, VT

The Sense of Touch, Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Brattleboro, VT

1994    The Art of Touch, DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA

1993    The Art of Touch, Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, MA

1992    Rosalyn Driscoll, Rancho Linda Vista Gallery, Oracle, AZ 

1989    Collages, Image Gallery, Stockbridge, MA

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018    Rising Waters, Somerset House, London, UK

2016    Hands On, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

Six Americans, 188 Art, Qingdao, China

            West on the Left, East on the Right, Jiuchuan City Museum, China

            Sensory, University of Nebraska Omaha, NE

Gravity, Brookline Art Center, Brookline, MA

2015    West on the Left, East on the Right, 188 Art, Shanghai, China

Boston Sculptors at Chesterwood, Chesterwood, Stockbridge, MA

34: Isles Arts Initiative, Boston Sculptors Gallery, Boston, MA

            Pioneer Women, MAP, Easthampton, MA

            Boston Sculptors, Concord Art Association, Concord, MA

            Forever and After, South Shore Art Center, Cohasset, MA

2014    Captive Lights, Galerie Capazza, Nancay, Franc,
Naturalisme Integral, Galerie Capazza, Nancay, France      

Ovid’s Girls, Kunstverein Tiergarten, Berlin, Germany

Ovid’s Girls: Small Works, Gallery Wichtendahl, Berlin, Germany

Ovid’s Girls, Boston Sculptors Gallery, Boston, MA

Small Works: Ovid’s Girls, Gallery Kayafas, Boston, MA

Ovid’s Girls, MEWO Kunsthalle, Memmingen, Germany
Visions/Visiones, Museo Convento de Santo Domingo Qorikancha, Cuzco, Peru

Transcripts/Transcripciones, Galeria Instituto Cultural Peruano Norteamericano del Cusco, Peru

2013    Generation, GV Art Gallery, London, UK

            Convergence, Christian Science Plaza, Boston, MA

Past Tense, Future Imperfect, ArtShare LA, Los Angeles, CA

REACH, Wistariahurst Museum, Holyoke, MA      

Abstractions: New Modernism, Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, NY

2012    Every Mother and Every Daughter, Kingsgate Gallery, London, UK

            Amherst Biennial, Amherst MA

Height, Width, Depth, Time, Boston Sculptors Gallery, Boston, MA

Hidden in Plain View, Paper City Studios, Holyoke, MA

Boston Sculptors Celebrates its 20th Anniversary, University Gallery, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA

2011    Sensory Worlds, Inspace, University of Edinburgh, UK

Just Under the Surface, Crypt Gallery, London, UK, (with Tereza Stehlikova, Anais Tondeur)

Art Beyond Sight, Noyes Museum of Art, Oceanville, NJ

Sensory Crossovers: Synesthesia in American Art, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo, NY

Strand, Boston Sculptors Gallery, Boston, MA

Pioneer Women, Jasper Rand Museum, Westfield, MA

2010   Sensory Crossovers: Synesthesia in American Art, Albuquerque Museum, NM

Artists of Silvermine, Unison Art Center, New Paltz, NY

Reshaping Reality, Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Brattleboro, VT

            On/Of/About Paper, Boston Sculptors Gallery, Boston, MA

2009    Safe to Touch, Hub National Center for Craft and Design, Sleaford, UK

Art Beyond Sight, New Hampshire Art Association, Portsmouth, NH

Pioneer Women, Tabla Rasa Gallery, New York, NY

2008    Sculpture and Touch, Courtauld Institute of Art, London, UK

Touch: An Art Experience for the Senses, DaVinci Gallery, Philadelphia PA

2007    Enaction in Arts, Enactive 2007, Grenoble, France

Biennial 2007, New Hampshire Institute of Arts, Manchester, NH

World Haptics, Tsukuba, Japan

2006    Art and the Senses, Science Oxford, Oxford, UK

Eurohaptics, Paris, France 

Give Us a Hand, Studio Place Arts Gallery, Barre, VT

Millenial Forest, Locco Ritoro Gallery, Boston, MA

2003    Emotion Pictures, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons’ traveling

exhibition, Herbst International Exhibition Hall, San Francisco; Millenium Arts Center, Washington DC; United Nations Headquarters, New York; National Museum of Health and Medicine, Washington, DC; Thomas Hospital, Fairhope, AL; Brunnier Art Museum, Iowa State University, Ames, IA; Minnesota Government Center, Minneapolis; Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago IL; Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, 2000-2003

2001    Memory of the Hand, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN

            Scene/Unseen, Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, NM

1998    NEFA Sculpture Fellows, Boston Sculptors at Chapel Gallery, Newton, MA

1996    Vis/Ability, University of Michigan School of Art, Ann Arbor, MI

1995    The Artist Book, Canal Gallery, Holyoke, MA

1994    Artists Congress II, Contemporary Artists Center, North Adams, MA

1992    Aspects of Paper, Zone Art Center, Springfield, MA

1991    Paper:the Essential Material, Harpercollins Gallery, New York, NY

Bodystories, Middlebury College Art Museum, Middlebury, VT

1988    Paperworks, Art Complex at Duxbury, Duxbury, MA

1987    Paper, Ben Shahn Galleries, William Patterson College, NJ  

Grants and Fellowships
2013  Fellowship in Sculpture/Installation/New Genres with Sarah Bliss, Massachusetts Cultural Council

2011  Artist’s residency Dartington Space, Dartington Hall Trust, Totnes, Devon, UK

2001  Fellowship, Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico, Taos, NM

1998  Arts Lottery Grant, Northampton Arts Council

1997  Regional Fellowship in Sculpture, New England Foundation for the Arts

1996  Professional Development Grant, Massachusetts Cultural Council

1995  Artists’ Projects: New Forms, New England Foundation for the Arts

 

Reviews, essays and articles

 

2015  Sculpture review of Blindsight by Marty Carlock, November

2015  Boston Globe review of Blindsight by Cate McQuaid, June 30

http://issuu.com/gvart/docs/gv_art_-_generation_catalogue/1?e=2372036/4871189

http://www.wildculture.com/article/generation/1285

http://www.trebuchet-magazine.com/generation-gv-art/

http://www.fadwebsite.com/2013/10/01/review-generation-gvart-a-collaborative-work-by-rosalyn-driscoll-and-tereza-stehlikova/

2011  Sculpture review by Marty Carlock, October, Vol. 30, no. 8

2009  Art New England review  “Rosalyn Driscoll: Body Sight” by Raymond Liddell, Feb/March

2008  Sculpture and Touch, Francesca Bacci and Peter Dent, exhibition catalogue, (Courtauld Institute of Art, London, UK)

Human Hand Function by Susan Lederman, Lynette Jones (Oxford University Press, 2006)

2005  Brattleboro Reformer “Skin Deep” by Christine Holderness December

Body and Earth by Andrea Olsen (University of New England Press, 2002)

Emotion Pictures (American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2001)

Scene/Unseen (Eastern New Mexico University, 2001)

1999  Arizona Daily Star ”Please touch” by Pamela Portwood February

1998  Sculpture “Rosalyn Driscoll: Touching Required” by Marty Carlock, December

1995  Contact Quarterly “Touching Art”

1995  Boston Globe “Winning Display of NEFA Artists” by Christine Temin

1995  Brattleboro Reformer “Art of touch is enriching” September

1995 The Middlebury Campus “Unusual Exhibit” September

1995 Boston Phoenix “The art of touch” by Cate McQuaid, January

1994 Boston Globe “Perspectives” by Christine Temin, December

1993 Valley Optimist “More than a feeling” by Gretchen Hitchner, July

1993 Hampshire Gazette “A new way of seeing art” August

1993 Springfield Sunday Republican “Sculpture as Metaphor” July

1993 Artists Trust Quarterly “Eyes and Hands” Fall

1993 Valley Forum “Art to touch: a world under hands” October

Authored publications

Big, Red & Shiny, “By the Light of the Body,” July, 2013, Issue 10; http://www.bigredandshiny.com/cgi-bin/BRS.cgi?section=article&issue=145&article=2013-04-09-173510567871286779&printView=true

Sculpture and Touch, Peter Dent, ed, “Playing with Fire” (London: Ashgate Press, 2013)

The Hand: an Organ of the Mind, Z. Radman, ed. “Rehabilitating the Hand” (MIT Press,    2012)

Art and the Senses Francesca Bacci and David Melcher, ed., “Aesthetic Touch” (Oxford University Press, 2011)

Artesian “Aesthetic Touch” Autumn/Winter 2008

Proceedings of Enactive/Enaction in Arts Conference 2007, (Grenoble, France, 2007)

Proceedings of the EuroHaptics International Conference (Paris, 2006)

Nouvelles de Danse  Vu du Corps, “Choreographie pour les mains” 48/49, Winter 2001

Lectures and presentations

2016   Somatics in Art, International Visual Literacy Assoc., Concordia U, Montreal

           Aesthetic Touch, University of Nebraska Omaha Art Gallery

          Tactile Artwork Symposium, National Federation of the Blind, Baltimore, MD
          Worlds of Water, Transcultural Exchange, Boston, MA

          Dharma Practice, Art Practice, Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, Barre, MA

2013  Creative Practice as Ritual Process, GV Art Gallery, London

2013  Wilds of the Earth and Body, Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA

2012  Mind/Brain Institute, John Hopkins University

2011  Moore Lab, Neuroscience Dept, Brown University

          Light in Winter: Science and Art, Ithaca, NY

          Light and Shadow Salon, Horse Hospital, London,

2010  Eurohaptics (keynote), Amsterdam, Netherlands

          Art on the Brain, Mt Holyoke College, So. Hadley, MA

2009  Royal College of Art, London, UK

          The Hand: an Organ of the Mind, InterUniversity, Dubrovnik, Croatia,

          Art Beyond Sight, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

          Center for Non-Invasive Brain Research, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, Boston

          Symposium on Sculpture and Touch, Courtauld Institute of Art, London, UK

2008-11 Consciousness and First Person Methodologies, Ratna Ling, CA

2007  Enaction in Arts (keynote), Grenoble, France

         Art Beyond Sight, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

         Center for Non-Invasive Brain Research, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, Boston 2006 Art and the Senses, Science Oxford, Oxford, UK

          Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tuebingen, Germany

2006 Eurohaptics, Paris, France

2005 Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Brattleboro, VT

2004 McGovern Institute, Dept of Brain and Cognitive Science, MIT, Cambridge, MA

2002 Digital Dialogues: Technology and the Hand, MIT Media Lab/Haystack, ME

2002 Boston Architecture Center, Boston, MA

2002 Connecticut Board of Education and Services for the Blind, Hartford, CT

2002 Inclusive Practices in the Arts, Studio Place Arts, Barre, VT

2000 Uncommon Senses: The Senses in Art and Culture, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

2000 Clearing the Path: Art and Accessibility in New England, Boston, MA

1999 Minneapolis Institute for the Arts, Minneapolis, MN

1999 University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ

1998 Congress of International Association of Empirical Aesthetics, Rome, Italy

1995 This/Ability: Conference on Disability and the Arts, University of Michigan

1995 New England Museum Association, Middlebury, VT

1995 Boston Sculptors’ Gallery, Newton MA

1994 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

1994 DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA

1994 Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, MA

 

Education

1969-71 Silvermine College of Art

1967       BA Smith College

 

Curatorial and Teaching

1985-90  Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, acting director, curator, board member

1971-77  Prescott College, adjunct faculty in art

1967-69  Yale University Art Gallery, curatorial assistant in the Asian Art department