Nancy Winship Milliken is a sculptor creating site-specific work in urban and rural landscapes. Her archetypal structures pair ephemeral, organic materials such as wool, wax and honey with industrial components such as steel. For these process-oriented installations Milliken investigates the interdependency of humans and farm animals, and how that is reflected in the land. Whether shown indoors or in the landscape, Milliken reveals the actions of wind, rain and sun as they transform her shapes and materials, sometimes inviting animal and human interaction.
Milliken’s use of natural and industrial materials, stems from her interest in rural art, agriculture, and sustainable living. These were brought together through the lens of a Masters in Fine Arts degree in 2008 from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, with residencies at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
Along with installing her work in New England and New Zealand farmland, Milliken has shown in solo and select group shows, including Boston Sculptors Gallery, Artstrand Gallery, Qorikancha Museum, Peru, Provincetown Art Association Museum, University Museum of Contemporary Art, and Brattleboro Museum. She incorporates her sculptures into set design for Double Edge Theatre in Ashfield, Massachusetts. Recently, Milliken installed a seventy-foot tall, temporary, installation on the Christian Science Plaza, using wool, light and steel, as part of the Boston Sculptors Gallery group show, Convergence.
For her newest project, Contemporary Pastoralism, Milliken has traded studio for farm to work collaboratively with farmers and their animals to create site-responsive installations and performance documentation. Milliken is represented by Boston Sculptors Gallery.