Valerie Driscoll is a London-based, Irish artist. Her interdisciplinary practice is concerned with the relationship between the body and the information machine. Of particular concern is the conceptual space where these two entities overlap. Embuing machines with human characteristics and attributes while also highlighting the body as machine, her research culminates in a practice that is both irreverent and humorous.

When juxtaposed with the functionality of the machine the human body can feel inadequate, sloppy, messy and in disarray. And yet the human body is a precision machine with myriad functions and capable of exponential growth, while the machine is also capable of mess, disarray and malfunction. Driscoll’s work meddles with this cybernetic co-dependence and the merging of machinic precision with human information and mess is played out in bulbous, sticky shapes.

Driscoll recently graduated from Central Saint Martins with an MA in Photography and was awarded the Art Gemini Public Choice Award. 

 

AWARDS

Art Gemini Prize – Public Choice Award

Arts Council England International Grant

Winner of ‘Surrealism’ Barbican Art Centre with Jotta Magazine, London

Finalist - Deutsche Bank Fine Art Photography Award, London

Strata SE1 Emerging Artist Award

SOLO SHOWS

2016 'Domestic Disturbance', Et Alia Gallery 

2013 'Beyond the End', Open Gallery, London

2009 'Scéal Eile' (Another Story), Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon

SELECTED GROUP SHOWS

2016

'Body Talk' The Complex Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

'Behind the Static', Eyedrum Gallery, Atlanta, USA 

StudioBook, ArtWork Atelier, Manchester, UK

'None of the Above', La Casa Amarillo, Malaga, Spain

2015

Flourescent, Soho Visual Arts Festival, London

'New Weapons', Blitz Gallery, Malta

London Art Fair at Canvas 

2014

Art Auction by Sotheby's, Lethaby Gallery, London

'New Living Art', Steambox Gallery, Dublin

Art Gemini Prize, London (Public Choice Award), Trispace Gallery, London

'Tomorrow Today', Bargehouse, London

2013

Colony 55, SaLE Docks, Venice

'Big Space Show', Central Saint Martins, London

'Big Deal No 5' Q-Park Cavendish Square, London

2012

Photo Ireland Festival, Dublin

'Space for Change', Parlour Gallery, London

'Family' Susak Biennale, Croatia

2011

'Surrealism' Barbican/Jotta, Barbican Art Centre, London

'Miniscule' Oblong Gallery, London (voted best in show)

The Market Estate Project, London www.marketestateproject.com

‘V22 The Sculpture Show’, London

2010

'Big Deal No. 2', London

'Vision – Aussicht aufs Leben', Darmstädter Tage der Fotografie, Germany

'Botoxed 69', London

RESIDENCIES

Artist Residency - SaLE Docks, Venezia

Burren College of Art, Artist in Residence

The Market Estate Project, Artist in Residence

PUBLICATIONS

2016 'Domestic Disturbance' Et Alia Gallery, text by Alex Schady

2015 None of the Above, Issue 1

2011 Super Massive Black Hole, Issue 7 'Colour'

2010 Vision - Aussicht aufs Leben, Darmstädter Tage der Fotografie

           Circa, Review of 'Sceal Eile' at Courthouse Gallery written by Fiona Woods

EDUCATION

2015 MA Photography Central Saint Martins, London

2010 BA (Hons) Photography, Camberwell College of Art, London

2000 BA (Hons) Education, University of North London

CONFERENCE PAPERS, PRESENTATIONS (selected)

2015 Conference 'Photography in the 21st Century' Central Saint Martins College of Art, University of the Arts London

Paper: Photography and the Information Machine