statement, bio and resume


I explore the terrain of my body, looking for water, light and shadow. Sensing breath, gravity and space. Observing pain, flow and decay. In the process I make sculptures, installations, collages and photographs to give life to my discoveries. These works become relational fields, connecting me to the senses, bodies and lives of the people they touch and to the nature of the places they inhabit.

Sensuous materials such as wood, steel, paper, rope and cloth, often entwine with rawhide, a powerful, malleable material whose organic qualities evoke human and animal life, death and transformation. Neon and light infuse the translucent hide with depth and mystery. In collaboration with filmmakers, I dematerialize sculptures with flickering light and moving images, amplifying people’s somatic responses and conveying a sense of impermanence.

Elemental, mythic and liminal in intention and imagery, the work dissolves such illusory dualities as people and nature, memory and the electric present, inside and outside, hidden and revealed, empty and full, emerging and disappearing.


Driscoll has devoted herself to making art full-time since 1970. Originally trained in art history at Smith College, she worked as curatorial assistant in the Asian department of the Yale University Art Gallery before studying fine art at Silvermine College of Art in Connecticut.

The imagery of her early work in painting and drawing focused on the body. She turned to hand-papermaking, working with Dieu Donne Paper in New York, to create large abstract handmade paper collages with texture and physical presence. Their organic, floating forms alluded to her inner experience of the body.

Interest in the body and in the physicality of materials led to making sculptures that investigate touch as a way of knowing. These tactile sculptures, initially designed for people with visual disabilities, were small enough to hold and made of sensuous, durable materials such as wood, stone, steel and rope. Her interest in sensory perception continues to this day, notably as a member of Sensory Sites, an international collective based in London that generates exhibitions to explore multi-sensory perception.

During a residency in New Mexico, she discovered rawhide, a powerful, malleable material whose organic qualities evoke human and animal life, death and transformation. Since then, her sculptures combine rawhide with various materials, including neon, light, and video. She collaborates with filmmakers to project moving images onto the translucent skin, transforming both sculptures and images. Recent work engages water as an expressive element and as found in nature; she is currently collaborating with Springs Stewardship Institute in Arizona.


Rosalyn Driscoll 2017 pdf.

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2019   Water Serpent, Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff, AZ
2017   Night Mind, 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   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
           Three Sculptors, St.Gaudens Park, Cornish, NH
           Breath and Matter, Boston Sculptors Gallery, Boston, MA
2017   New Power from the United States, Shanghai Tower, Shanghai, China
           Reunion, Smith College Alumnae House, Northampton, MA
2016   Invitational American Artists, 188Art, Qingdao, Shandong, China 
           West on the Left, East on the Right, Jiuchuan City Museum, Gansu, China
           Hands On, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada
           Gravity, Brookline Art Center, Brookline, MA
           Sensory: Please Touch the Art, University of Nebraska Omaha Art Gallery
2015   West on the Left, East on the Right, 188Art, 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, France 
           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, Instituto Cultural Peruano Norteamericano, Peru
2013   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    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, UMass Lowell
2011    Sensory Worlds, Inspace, University of Edinburgh, UK
            Just Under the Surface, Crypt Gallery, London, UK
            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
            Pioneer Women, Paper City Gallery, Holyoke, 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
            Little Women, Williston Northampton School, Easthampton, MA
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
2000-2003   Emotion Pictures, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons’ traveling
exhibition, Herbst International Exhibition Hall, San Francisco; Millennium 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,
2001   Scene/Unseen, Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, NM
           Memory of the Hand, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN
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, articles

2015  Sculpture review of Blindsight by Marty Carlock, November
2015  Boston Globe review of Blindsight by Cate McQuaid, June 30
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;
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  Looking at Art, International Visual Literacy Association, Concordia U., Montreal
          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, UK
2013  Wilds of the Earth and Body, Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA
2012  Mind/Brain Institute, John Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
2011  Moore Lab, Neuroscience Dept, Brown University, Providence, RI
          Light in Winter: Science and Art, Ithaca, NY
          Light and Shadow Salon, Horse Hospital, London, UK
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
Connecticut Board of Education and Services for the Blind, Hartford, CT
Inclusive Practices in the Arts, Studio Place Arts, Barre, VT
2000  Uncommon Senses: The Senses in Art and Culture, Concordia University, Montreal
Clearing the Path: Art and Accessibility in New England, Boston, MA
1999  Minneapolis Institute for the Arts, Minneapolis, MN
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
New England Museum Association, Middlebury, VT
1995  Boston Sculptors’ Gallery, Newton MA
1994  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA
Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, MA

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

Boston Sculptors Gallery, Boston, US
Galerie Capazza, Nancay, France
Encounter Contemporary, London, UK
188 Art Gallery, Shanghai, China

1969-71 Silvermine College of Art
1967     BA, Smith College