Liza Bingham (MCC ’10 Painting Finalist) is wild about hedges and geometry and architechture. We asked her to take a moment to answer a few quick questions about what makes the garden of her mind grow highly manicured.
What artists’ work do you admire most but create nothing like? Clyfford Still.
How do you know when your work is done? I’ve noticed that good paintings seem to “float” or “levitate” away from the wall. It has something to do with having enough light and air in them. On the otherhand, if there’s something in the painting that doesn’t support or follow the logic of the rest of the piece, then there’s still work to be done.
What do you listen to while you create? I find music too distracting to paint to regularly, however I almost always tune into Terry Gross on Fresh Air (WBUR) at midday.
What are you currently reading? Robert Sullivan’s new biography of Henry David Thoreau (The Thoreau You Don’t Know).
Spring, Summer, Winter or Fall? This past Winter I was painting a lot of Summer, Spring and Fall imagery, so it’s hard to pick a favorite–they all factor into my work.
What has the MCC Artist Fellowship meant to you? It’s been a great form of validation.
For more on Liza Bingham check out her Web site.
Also, coming in July at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod is a small works invitiational which will feature painters from this year’s MCC Artist Fellowship Program including Liza. Stay tuned for more on this show as we head closer towards summer.
Image credit: All paintings by Liza Bingham. From top to bottom:
Tickle; (2009); Oil on panel; 12″ x 16″ (photo credit: Steward Woodward)
Corner Lot; 2009); Oil on panel; 12″ x 16″ (photo credit: Freddie Wys)
Corner Piece ll; (2009); Oil on linen on panel; 10″ x 19″ (photo credit: Steward Woodward)
Cool, Sweet Suburban Midnight; (2009); Oil on panel; 12″ x 16″ (photo credit: Freddie Wys)
Corner Piece l; (2009); Oil on panels; 5″ x 9″ (photo credit: Steward Woodward)