Bridget Riley (b. 1931)
Study for Cornflower
Graphite and gouache
Collection of the artist
© Bridget Riley 2023. All rights reserved.


Rachel Federman: In this interview clip from 2020, Riley discusses a certain paradox in works like this one, which is composed of vertical bands of color: On one hand, it appears to present itself immediately and completely to a viewer; on the other hand, it requires time to be fully apprehended.

Bridget Riley: I know that my paintings declare absolutely everything. Nothing is hidden whatsoever. At the same time, by looking at it, you find things to look at and you see colors, and so things open out. So I am fortunate to have both.