A very special thank you to UNFoundation for awarding ARC with a partial grant to make this residency possible.
Thanks to In Orbit Productsions LLC for providing the beautiful photographs and videography featuring our resident artists.
Drawing influence and inspiration from costumes for parties and folk celebrations, McMillian's work is “a complex pastiche of source material including field notes, drawings, video, and sound. I consider storytelling a highly political act where we remember the ways humanity is ceaselessly connected instead of divided...Creating a specific time and place through artistic means was discovered in childhood through my first visit to Mother Goose Village at Rock City and rekindled as an adult when I entered New York’s underground party scene."
McMillian will be using her time in Chattanooga to craft a 'love letter' to Chattanooga with an installation complete with sound, performance, and costume. Additionally, her work draws influence from Tennessee and Appalachian history and folk tales, from Milk Snakes to Lover's Leap.
Workshop - Storytelling Through Masquerade
Anonymity, power, and the ability to enact magic have ensured masquerade’s popularity since time immemorial. With the dawn of performance art, disguise has proven an integral tool for artists whose work reflects the anxieties, social mores, and revolutionary hopes of their generation. In this workshop a short lecture will introduce the costume work of Picasso, Oskar Schlemmer, Leigh Bowery, and many others. Exercises that encourage improvisational character development, stage fright management, and unbridled creative production will be practiced as a method to enrich approaches to interdisciplinary artworks. Each participant will have the opportunity to create and leave with an original mask that can be worn again for McMillian’s opening performance on Friday, April 13.