Timothy McMillan assembles found objects and materials to create narrative based work in fabric and sculpture. Of particular interest are narratives from common folklore, legends, fables, and myths.
Collecting and scavenging is an integral part of the creation process. Blending art materials with discarded trinkets, McMillan’s work meditates on the authority of the storyteller. Who gets to tell stories, and what makes us believe them? In fabric and form, the resulting pieces create unique, frail, and contemporary mythologies.
New work: September 2019
I’m about two-thirds of the way done with a new tapestry. Here’s a sneak peek of my current progress.
To create this piece, I repurposed an old shower curtain for the background. Upon that base, I reworked additional printed fabric to create a domestic scene. I am particularly enjoying the way that the linework has come together. Organic flowing lines dominate and structural grid-like lines complement one another without competing. Harsh shapes seem to flow together organically throughout.
One thing I’ve re-learned is how much time it really takes to do a large piece, even with large base elements. Next month, expect to see me try my hand at something smaller. ;)
WIP: Embroidery on recycled fabric
30 x 60 inches
Past work: August 2019
Each month, I try to post a WIP or recently completed work. For the month of August, I’m excited to showcase Tiger. I’ve been working on this piece for the last few months, and tried out a new framing technique. I stretched the finished tapestry like a painting, and was very nervous/excited about it. I’d love to hear what you think!