Lynda Benglis on Reinventing Painting

Marina Cashdan
Nov 17, 2012 11:39PM

Here is an outtake from an interview I conducted with Lynda Benglis for Frieze magazine. I asked her about her early process—the unusual materials and very organic quality of her work. She was one of the first artists to use (then) unconventional commercial media like latex, plastic, polyurethane.

Baby Planet, ca. 1969
Cheim & Read

She said: "I think I was reinventing a kind of process in, say, painting, because I was making my own paints with pigmented rubber and then later pigmented polyurethane and then not too much later, in order to build up the image… I had this feeling that I wanted to stretch the image, to have the image confront the viewer rather than have it lie on a surface or a board, such as in the wax paintings. And it was a limited surface. And they imploded in a way because they were a little nutshell or a little bomb full of the surface and they can be very much built up through the layering of the wax and the cooling even of the layering as the brushstroke glided on the surface."

Read the full interview here.

Marina Cashdan