In this project, we are looking at an artwork by the American artist Lynda Benglis.
Benglis uses the human body and landscape as a starting point for her artworks. She is interested in the process of making an artwork. This has led her to experiment with materials, from poured latex and wax, to precious metals and glass. Her work is both sculptural and colourful. Benglis makes artworks that are physical and immediate—this means when you are actually looking at her artworks in a gallery, they are very striking and you really remember their shapes, colours and size.
Let’s look at one of Benglis’s artworks from the IMMA Collection – it is called Caelum, 1986. What do you think this artwork looks like? What do you think it is made from? Does this artwork shape remind you of something?
Using aluminium foil, let’s try and make our own sculpture inspired by this artwork.
What you will need:
Now, let’s get to work:
You might decide to add colour or glitter like some of the other wall sculptures that the artist has made.
Remember to take a photograph of your creation and please, share your results, your experiments, and artworks with the hashtag #ExploreratHome
American artist Lynda Benglis attended Newcomb College, New Orleans. Taking the body and landscape as primary references, Benglis’s work exudes immediacy and physicality. Her interest in process has led to experimentation with materials including poured latex, wax, precious metals and glass. Benglis has exhibited worldwide in venues including the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Centre George Pompidou, Paris; and Tate Modern. A major solo exhibition of her work took place in IMMA in 2009.View Artist