© Lynda Benglis / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Morisse, 1985

Lynda Benglis   —  
  • American
  • 1941

  • 2013:002
  • copper, nickel, chrome, and gold
  • 48 x 43 x 14 in.
  • Collection of the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University, Gift of the Castellani Family, 2013

Lynda Benglis came to prominence in the 1970’s with a series of work focusing on feminism and sexism. Her work was a response to what she saw as a male dominated art world, especially in the medium of sculpture. She employs painting, sculpture, print media, and video in unconventional and inventive ways. The artist, often utilizes less common, or traditionally male-centric, sculptural materials, adds intense color and ‘bling’ elements to surface finishes. The contrast between the scale and physicality of her work, accompanied by female sensibilities, drives home her message and intent. 

Benglis combines the use of heavy masculine metal elements to portray a quintessential female bow motif, complete with folds, knot and a gold-leaf finish. She uses symbols that stereotype feminine perspective to confront those of the male dominated society she experiences as a female and as an artist.