Ted Milligan took a circuitous route to art & design. Though interested in art and architecture from an early age, he studied geography in college. Ted worked as a cartographer and demographic analyst for several years before pursuing a design education. Ted graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Interior Architecture, and lives and works in Washington, DC.
Drawing from his geographic background, he calls his body of work “Mental Maps.” Ted explains that we all form mental maps in one form or another. We create them based on our experiences from life altering events to the mundane moments in time. We constantly re-draw our maps helping is to organize, relate, make meaning and learn as we move though life. Ted uses painting to continue his own process of mental mapping. Stored within each of his pieces are memories, feelings and ideas expressed through intricate pattern and layers of vibrant color.
Ted’s work (over-life-sized) can be seen as part of the ART WALLS project in Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia. Seven, 10' x 10' alumilite panels have been installed in the 12th St. underpass (under Rte. 1).