Robert Berlind: Interview

Robert Berlind, Umber Water Last Leaves, 1995, oil on linen, 77 x 88 inches (Uni
Robert Berlind, Umber Water Last Leaves, 1995, oil on linen, 77 x 88 inches (University Art Galleries, Wright State University, Dayton)

Elena Sisto's summer 2015 interview with painter Robert Berlind. Berlind passed away this past December.

Berlind remarks: "There’s a point where I don’t even know I’m painting. You just work, you’re just doing—you look and you know what to do next and you just keep doing what you need to do. And then you back off and you think about it, or somebody comes in the studio and you talk about what you do and you conceptualize things that didn’t necessarily come out of any clear plan... a field of vision depends on what’s in your mind ... what you really see is not just how you’re painting or what it looks like. It’s how you are looking. So that ultimately that becomes a subject—not too self-conscious, hopefully, but that becomes a subject. And so you’re painting. I guess we’re all working on what it’s like to be alive in this world today, how we experience that in the most vital way that gets us actually doing something and tangling with it and wrestling with it and whatever else we do with it. And so painting requires a heightened desire to be painting."