Each work held a narrative twist. For the quilted tondo Untitled (Farm House), Millet used a Japanese Art Deco–style piece of fabric to engulf a simple house shape, resulting in a kind of ukiyo-e dream world in which the house could provide shelter in a vortex. Three other quilts explored ideas by unraveling, introducing unfamiliar shapes, or stacking different fabrics to refer to other structures.
Wooden wall pieces replicated sections of siding or roofing on a tiny scale. The large Untitled (Bird Fire) is made of shingles, with two windows and several holes, including a giant aperture with charred edges occupied by a taxidermied bird. The smaller Untitled (Scissors), with curved shingles that look new, is punctuated by an arched window containing a tiny hanging pair of scissors. Untitled (Stripes) has striations of dark and light wood, with a single window.
These beautifully crafted works clearly conveyed the mystery and humanity of the humblest of house structures.
A version of this story originally appeared in the September 2014 issue of ARTnews on page 102.