Lynda Bengalis is a Post-Minimalist, feminist artist, and pioneer of contemporary art who works in every medium imaginable: wax, polyurethane foam, poured pigmented latex, rubber, paper, glass, bronze, ceramics, video, metal knot sculpture, coiled steel, and hydraulic sculpture. She has worked with wax and pigment on Masonite panels. Using latex and Day-Glo pigment, she poured her early paintings directly on the floor. She also poured them in corners or projected them from walls where they would stand out in startling shapes. Her floor work art, such as “Contraband” 1969, brought her fame before she turned thirty.
Her “Peacock” series in the late 1970s and early 1980s elegantly evoked ceremonial headdresses or fans, while at the same time her austere series paid homage to torsos of ancient Greek sculpture. In the 1980s and 1990s she sprayed liquid metal onto chicken wire skeletons. Her later ceramics consisted of hand -molded clay with glazes flung onto them, recalling Abstract Expressionism.
She was given a retrospective in 2009-2010, that began in Dublin and ended up at New York’s New Museum. In 2011, the New Museum gave a four decade exhibition of her sculptural works along with her videos. Represented by major galleries, she received two N.E.A. grants and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her work is part of the permanent collections in major museums, such as LACMA, MoMA, the Guggenheim, and Tate Modern.