Art
Millicent Young attended New York’s Dalton School on scholarship, and went on to Wesleyan University, the University of Virginia (BA), the University of Denver, and James Madison University (MFA). She has lived in the Piedmont region of Virginia, teaching art at the secondary and college levels and working as a landscape designer and gardener. Young currently lives in Kingston, New York, which is experiencing a renewal as artists move in and galleries open. She has a large detached Victorian home with a studio that she is renovating. When we visited, the entire downstairs was filled with her twig and horsehair sculptures.

 

 

Scope
68 x 31 x 6
wood, wax, paper, horse hair, steel
2008
 
 
 
 

Predator
90 x 118 x 40
grapevine, horse hair
2014
 
 
 
 

Canto for the Anthropocene: 33
30 x 30 x 7
horse hair, lead, steel bolts
2018
 
 
 
 

Garment
97 x 44 x 12
grapevine, horse hair
2013
 
 
 
 

Liminal
94 x 15 x39
grapevine, sycamore, horse hair
2013
 
 
 
 

Sheaf
16 x 72 x 8
refired glass, lead, steel, text
2003
 
 
 
 

Striped Vessel
28 x 95 x 14
steel, wood, horse hair
2009
 
 
 
 

Unfurl
85 x 82 x 50
grapevine, horse hair
2013
 
 
 
 

Vehicle with Clay Foot
39 x 106 x 42
hickory, grapevine, twine, horse hair, adobe
2011
 
 
 
 

Vehicle with Single Ascending Proboscis
120 x 60 x 72
hickory, grapevine, cedar, rosewood, horse hair
2011
 
 
 
 

Vessel (Mother Ship)
26 x 238 x 36
steel, wood, horsehair
2007
 
 
 
 



When There Were Birds
A site specific installation of 10 suspended forms, each up to 120 x 96 x 72 inches.
Grape vine and horse hair
2019
 
 
 
 


by Michael Bailey

by June Collmer



Artist’s portraits

Bio

Millicent Young was born in New York City to a mother who believed in natural childbirth and a father who believed in her. Her mother was an anthropologist, a student of Ruth Benedict and Margaret Mead, and a seamstress. Her father was a political scientist, oral historian, pianist, and closeted homosexual. Their lifelong marriage shaped Millicent, as influential as the natural world and her foreign travels. In 1972, accompanying her mother during her field study in Biabou village on St. Vincent, West Indies, instead of attending school, Millicent learned to see the ‘first world’ through the lens of poverty and disenfranchisement and became a citizen of the larger human ecosystem.

Young received Professional Fellowship Awards from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. She has received awards in juried exhibitions from curators at the National Gallery/Smithsonian, Hirshhorn, Dia, New, Guggenheim and Whitney museums. Her work received a top prize at the 2005 Biennale in Florence, Italy. Her most recent solo exhibition “When There Were Birds” will become part of an improvisational performance at Broken Wing Barn, Saugerties, New York in November, 2019.

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