Valerie Driscoll

Burren College of Art Time, Space & Inspiration

Valerie Driscoll

"Giving Head" in situ, lens sculpture.

Valerie Driscoll is a London based Irish artist. Since graduating in 2010 with a BA in Photography from Camberwell College of Art, Driscoll has won several awards including the Jotta/Barbican ‘Surrealism’ competition. The winning piece was shown at the Barbican Art Centre. In 2010 Driscoll was one of the selected artists on the Market Estate Project in London. This involved completing a residency that responded to local residents and the community to create a site-specific, interactive installation.

She has had two solo shows in Ireland and in January will have her first solo show in London. She has been involved in several group shows in the UK and internationally. Her work was voted ‘Best in Show’ in ‘Miniscule’ at the Oblong Gallery in 2010. Driscoll was recently awarded an Arts Council England International Grant and subsequently completed a residency at the Burren College of Art.

She previously worked as a teacher and academic writer.

Driscoll’s work marries the themes of public exposure and private contemplation. In interrogating the medium of photography her work belies the assertion of photography as ‘revealer of truth’. While exposing the potential for revelation her work simultaneously juxtaposes a repression of information or a secreting of the private space. Often working with narrative, Driscoll proffers an invitation to intimacy. This often humorous, dualistic interaction also refers to the sometimes dark themes of sex, death, the domestic and the banal.