Artists on Art – Helen Pashgian on Georges de La Tour

Helen Pashgian is one of the California Light and Space artists who, beginning in the 1960s, focused on vision and perception, often using plastics and other synthetics developed for the aerospace industry. Her sculptures are concerned with how light interacts with materials and how the viewer perceives this. Born and raised in Pasadena, Pashgian studied art history in Boston before returning to Southern California for its light. “In those long-ago years,” she has said, “I was slowly becoming aware of light as a ‘thing.’” Pashgian has since worked with clear and translucent acrylics and resins to achieve spectacular effects, most recently with large-scale discs that seem to hover in space, seemingly blending into the surrounding air. Her work was celebrated at LACMA in the exhibition "Helen Pashgian: Light Invisible" (2014).

For Artists on Art, Helen Pashgian speaks on The Magdalen with the Smoking Flame by Georges de La Tour.