Here is a short video of the making of Stall with Ethan Tischler
This summer it was all about understanding the community of farm and what that means for The Clemmons Family Farm in Charlotte, Vermont. Watch this short video about the work we did this summer with interns from Mass College of Art and Design and University of Vermont.
Five wonderful new college interns from my two alma maters, University of Vermont and Massachusetts College of Art and Design, are working with the studio this summer at Clemmons Family Farm in Charlotte, VT. Some are Environmental students and some art majors. Welcome Gabrielle Rosenbacher, Phoebe Tucker, Cullen Hairston, Dory Sumner and Chloe Dubois.
Thanks to Cate McQuaid for the review of the show at Boston Sculptors Gallery in Wednesday's Boston Globe Arts Review.
Nancy Winship Milliken spent time on farms near her home in Western Massachusetts and created works from what she found there. Pieces such as “Field,” a great swoosh of hay mounted on the wall, and “Untitled (Horse Chandelier),” a dangling knot of harnesses, feel like a farm speaking its own poetry.
She participated in tasks such as slaughtering fowl. Knowing that imbues “Duck,” a spiky-soft grid of feathers, and “North Flower,” a suspended sphere of dark goose feathers, with gravity and gratitude.
The following is our son's poem he wrote when he was 17, as a result of my helping a farm cull some chickens for winter. Below is the responding sculpture. This can be seen at Greenfield Community College, along with other sculpture October 6 through November 7, 2015 in Greenfield, Massachusetts
My Mother Killed
My Mother killed
Some chickens in our backyard.
At night the coyotes come to lick the grass.
Wonderful video of installation day in Westport, MA, Many thanks to Jon Alden for coming into the field to capture it!
At Dedee Shattuck Gallery through October.
Catalog of Windscape, an environmental installation at Shelburne Farms, in Shelburne, VT, for Burlington City Arts' Of Land and Local 2014 exhibition. on sale, online now! Lots of process images and thoughts about the unique installation
New placement of Windscape for the summer in an installation called Windscape-Westport. Salt and wool, field and stone, cedar and hay, coastal breezes: heaven. Up through October 2015. @Dedee Shattuck Gallery in Westport, MA. Many thanks to Jim Wood for the loan of his field, to Richard Sisson and his crew, Charlie McElwee and Olivia decker, and the Shattuck Gallery crew for their help in the installation of 16 meadow sails.
Nancy Winship Milliken Studio ventures to Blue Star Equiculture in a collaborative effort to print a muddy pasture.
This summer, Cami Davis' Environmental Art class from University of Vermont worked with me on the Windscape installation at Shelburne Farms, in Shelburne, Vermont. One student stayed on and worked as a studio assistant. He is an incredible weaver! He also is a talented videographer. Please check out Jacob Lumbra! This video has a unique take about the process for Windscape.
"The goal of "Peace Comes Slowly Now" is to explore the artistic process through the lens of Nancy Winship Milliken's work on "Windscapes" for BCA's 2014 exhibition, Of Land and Local, at Shelburne Farms. This is coming from my time spent as her studio assistant for a month of her residency. This illustration of the artistic process is also a document of the setting and mood that accompanied Milliken's residency during the time I spent with her. I see art here as a meditative process that involves time, patience, and exploration. The time spent renders a physical manifestation of thought. The video begins by taking the terrestrial inspiration of the woods, landscape, lake, land, sheep and wool, then forwards into Milliken's work with ambient shots of the process, surroundings, and conditions of work. This leads into a thought space that involves clouds and the sail form. The video transitions into the materiality of the work in its outdoor space as it interacts with the elements—particularly light and wind. The final clip offers a snapshot of the completed installation with interaction from sheep and sheep herder." Jacob Lumbra
Here is a video about the process of making Windscape, a site-specific installation at Shelburne Farms in Shelburne, Vermont, for Burlington City Arts' show, Of Land and Local.