Helen Pashgian (1934)
American plastic artist Helen Pashgian (born in 1934) is one of the founding members of the California Light and Space movement in the 1960s, and was artist in residence at California Institute of Technology in 1970-1971. Today she lives and works in Pasadena, California.
Her sculptures are made of industrial materials such as resin, fibreglass, plastic and coated glass, all of which are sensitive to light. Her objective is, precisely, the effect of light on various materials and in turn, our perception of the effect of light.
She first became interested in cast resin to create, in great numbers, translucent objects in bright colours with a perfectly smooth surface.
Her preferred forms are columns, disks, and spheres in rich and delicate colours, frequently associated with an isolated suspended element integrated into the composition.
Pashgian uses industrial innovations in epoxy, plastic, and resin to create semi-translucent surfaces that seem to filter and contain the brilliance of light. With the play of light on her sculptures, they truly seem to come alive – resonating at once in their own forms, and within their surrounding space. The impression continues as a viewer revolves around each sculpture. In certain moments, they might appear solid, and in others, they seem to dissolve entirely.
Helen Pashgian was the only other woman besides Mary Corse to belong to the Light and Space movement in the 1960s and 1970s. Her work is represented in numerous public collections in America, in particular: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, and Portland Art Museum.
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