Piece description from the artist
"Confluence 2" began by enlarging a tiny section the size of a business card of an earlier, unfinished painting that was growing more and more complicated. Zooming into this small slice opened up the emotional space and gave the swooping forms and bright colors room breathe and grow. The visual similarities between microscopic and macroscopic views of life, world, and universe are lifelong obsessions.
Denise Driscoll’s paintings begin with the premise that all living things are connected in an intricate mesh of being, yet each occupies the center of their own world. These simultaneous centers of lived experience swirl within and around us, piercing, enveloping, and permeating with or without our notice. Holding questions about symbiosis, coexistence, and sentience while working, Driscoll grasps at the awareness that we live in a clash of porous and conflicting worlds. She uses bright rich color to create dynamic, mesmerizing spaces without a focal point. Each painting becomes an imaginary map of exchange: a playful, hopeful vision of our interconnected lives.
Driscoll is a multidisciplinary artist who uses painting, installation, and collaborative practice to explore interconnection, inner experience, and invisible social structures. Driscoll is a SOLO 2017 winner at Bromfield Gallery and a Curatorial Opportunity Grant recipient at the New Art Center in 2009. Her paintings and collaborative projects have graced community centers, corporate lobbies, university galleries, commercial galleries, and breweries throughout New England. Her work is in many private and public collections including Whitney Veigas, Bancroft Lofts, Stanford University, Emory University Hospital, UMass Memorial Medical Center, Dover-Sherborn Middle School, and Elsewhere Collaborative. Driscoll holds an MFA in Visual Arts from Lesley Art + Design (2007), where she currently teaches. She is represented by Fountain Street Gallery in Boston and maintains a studio in Lowell, MA where she lives and works.