Piece description from the artist
My “Shimmer” paintings begin with the notion that all living things—plants, animals and humans—are connected in an intricate mesh of being, yet each exists at the center of their own particular world. These simultaneous centers of lived experience swirl within and around us, piercing, enveloping, and permeating with or without our notice. Each painting is an imaginary map of exchange, a playful and hopeful record of our entanglement with other beings and each other.
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.