Lee Bontecou is one of my favorite artists- I was first introduced to her art while I was studying art history in college and she had an exhibit at the Hammer Museum in LA. Her sculptures feel heavy and brutal, but still organic.
The large scale works reach into the viewers space, creating both a feeling of repulsion and of being drawn in. The above work, Untitled, 1959, literally draws the audience into a black hole.
Her work sits somewhere between drawing and sculpture. She uses many different materials, often found, including wire, welded steel, plaster, epoxy, canvas, rope and plastic.
Bontecou began experimenting with vacuum-formed plastics in the 1960s, creating lighter weight sculptures. The connectors are still visible in much of her work, giving the pieces the appearance of having an armor.
Untitled #17, 1964
She moved to Orbisonia, Pennsylvania in 1988 and continues to produce work, but rarely shows.