To quote William Zimmer, contributing critic for the New York Times,
” [Bing ] has lived in the Far East and her paintings bear the influence of oriental brushwork, with its directness, and bold contrast of light and dark areas – not to mention its supreme subtlety. I noticed that most of her compositions have an interior frame. This is so, she says, to set boundaries, but boundaries that can be broken by content which pushes against routine, and habitual limits. She has realized the boundary she sets … keeping a personal life, while letting fresh, unexpected inspiration into her life on a regular basis…Tartness is a vital ingredient in Bingham’s direct, honest mode.”
Woven into the fragmentation of a window-like rectangle we are given a view of Bing’s world. In her print series, as well as in her oils, landscape and nature spring out of the confines of the picture in size and/or by breaking the boundaries of the edges. Inside and outside at the same time we are both viewer and participant.
To quote Franklin Sirmans of Flash Art Magazine,
“The recent paintings of Bing chronicle her reactions to a dream world populated by horses. The series of paintings, Horse Dreams, are lightly rendered and soft toned. These oil on paper works first appear to be delicate watercolors. Yet the medium of oil intimates a wonderful materiality ironic for their subject matter. They are classic landscapes evocative of paintings long history of rendering nature. Consequently. they also display a lightness of being we associate with the open landscape, the idyll. This lightness is further enhanced by their relatively small scale (most of them measuring less than 10 x 15 inches) enhancing their objectified beatification of nature.
“The lone human bodies in some of Horse Dreams (perhaps a reference to the artist herself) who drape themselves or sprawl across the horses’ torsos offer an eroticized charge amid the idyllic landscape. Dominated by a palette of primary colors, particularly light reds, blues, and background yellows, Bing’s paintings also evoke the power of color to communicate emotion. These new paintings radiate an air of enjoyment and reverie offering an open-ended narrative for the viewer.”
Though Bing was born in California and has lived in Europe, her work reflects the influence of spending
years in Asia and studying oriental art. After graduating from the Branson School in Ross, CA, she studied art at the New School of NYC, in Hong Kong and Manila. She then received her BA Magna Cum Laudi from Connecticut College, where she received the Art Department Prize. She went on to graduate work at Wesleyan University, which awarded her her MA in Liberal Studies with a Concentration in Art. Bing exhibits in New England, New York City, throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.