Creative Research Project

I created this piece for my contemporary art history class.  It was a super fun project and I was able to look at a lot of work by Lynda Benglis.  I included my artist statement too!  Hope you enjoy!

For my creative research project, I decided to design a piece of work inspired in the style of Lynda Benglis. When I first saw her sculptural painting work I fell in love with it right away, and her high-saturated color pallet is the same kind of pallet that I enjoy using in my own artwork. Her work that really inspired me was the piece that relied on these organic naturally occurring shapes; that happened when she poured her paint on the floor.  So I thought it would be perfect to use her as my inspiration and motivation.My intention for this painting was to rely heavily on the use of natural pattern, texture, and color. So, I created a black background that I taped off with painters’ tape, to enhance the bright neon colors even more, and to give this distorted floor tile feel to the piece. The tape lines also gave the painting a nice background texture that helped keep the painting from looking too flat. I made the paint different constancies to make more texture when the paint would drip and create a more

My intention for this painting was to rely heavily on the use of natural pattern, texture, and color. So, I created a black background that I taped off with painters’ tape, to enhance the bright neon colors even more, and to give this distorted floor tile feel to the piece. The tape lines also gave the painting a nice background texture that helped keep the painting from looking too flat. I made the paint different constancies to make more texture when the paint would drip and create a more three-dimensional piece.

The motivation for this piece was to have fun. I really wanted this piece to be super bright, obnoxious, and in your face. I wanted it to be in that style and mindset, so it would be like the bold women Lynda Benglis herself.

It was so great to experiment with where I poured the paint onto the canvas and how it interacted with the other paint on the canvas. Doing this painting gave me a sense of confidence since it was abstraction. I feel at times it is hard to know what to do with an abstraction piece; like what to do next and when to stop adding to it so it doesn’t become overworked. I feel now that I have gained more experience I will have more confidence to create additional abstract pieces in my future works.