In the “Nocturnes” series sculptures, light is projected through glass onto slowly moving scrims, casting shadows that expand and contract. The artist adopted the series name from J.M.Whistler’s dusk time paintings. Her use of planes of muted color is a response to his Nocturnes. The slow repetitive movements, shifting shadows and reflections in Lahaie’s sculptures are a contemporary restatement of the poetic atmosphere of Whistler’s dusk-time landscapes.
In a recent review in the New York Times, Benjamin Genocchio said: “The combination of motor, glass and light creates the illusion of waves ebbing and the flowing of an ocean tide… the visual effects are beautiful and even hypnotic.”