By: Dominique Mills, Seraphin Gallery Intern
The Seraphin Galley is proud to introduce artist Millicent Young to our portfolio. Millicent's sculptures are intended to be koans: anecdotal Buddhist teachings meant to alter our patterned constructs, repair numbed senses and redefine the fabric of culture. She describes the fabric of culture as a "rupture of connection" that "renders us senseless and therefore only brutal. Art can be a transformer: it can bypass rational, linear processes; it can stir the heart." Currently Seraphin Gallery is exhibiting Song, a piece created within the last five years that is a strong example of her work and compositional inclinations.
In Song, she arouses the imagination through a mysterious connection of cherry wood and horse hair; creating a solid winding limb, from which pours delicate and fragile white strands. The cherry wood's bored center invites you to explore and experience its sensual strength. The horse hair, extending from the core of the piece, co-exists with the cherry wood paradoxically. The sculpture as a whole is a conversation on empathy. This much needed conversation is the result of silent reflection and observation. Song communicates warmth and compassion through the almost otherworldly connection of two natural elements. Both the horse hair and the wood are familiar objects and the connection between them is at once tender and understanding.
Millicent Young is based out of Virginia. Young earned a BA from The University of Virginia and a MFA at James Madison University. Her work has been featured in many places both nationally and internationally such as the Museum of Contemporary Art in Merida, Mexico, the Florence Biennale in Italy, the Suffolk Museum of Art in Virginia, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington D.C, the University of Maryland and Sweet Briar College in Virginia.
We believe Millicent Young’s work shows innovation and invention, not only in technique and material, but also in form and balance. Her piece, Song, and the installation featured in the picture above create an atmospheric quality that transforms space and invites the viewer to engage with the work. The tactile forms of her pieces reach through perspective and translate organic patterns and textures. While Young's process may seem limited, her practice crosses between sculpture to installation, drawing, and painting. We look forward to continuing to work with Millicent Young and to featuring her within our portfolio.
Song is on display in Gallery Two of Seraphin Gallery. Other work by Millicent Young can be seen on her website and in our catalogue on our website. To view our new artist page for Millicent Young, please click here.