Vermont environmental artist, Nancy Winship Milliken, defines her art practice as “contemporary pastoralism”, taking inspiration from our age-old relationship with nature to consider contemporary ecological questions. Her environmental, textural and site-specific sculptures are often performative, activated by ephemeral forces such as the wind, rain, and sun. Milliken’s use of both natural and industrial materials imbedded with history stem from her interest in rural art, agriculture, and sustainable living.
Sometimes Milliken creates work influenced by the agricultural practices and earthy pastures of the farms surrounding her studio, re-interpreting and celebrating the human and animal covenant of environmental farming.
Along with installing her work in New England and New Zealand farmland, Milliken has shown in solo and select group shows, including deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Boston Sculptors Gallery, Christian Science Plaza in Boston, Qorikancha Museum, Peru, Provincetown Art Association Museum, University Museum of Contemporary Art, and Brattleboro Museum.