Light is, of course, the central theme of Luminism. While the great visual artists had always used light as crucial to elaborating its subjects—Rembrandt, Vermeer, whose touches of light brought the people they painted alive—this school proposed light as the subject itself. In “Becoming” the woman Steven Daluz paints serves simply to elaborate Daluz’s true subject, the column of light itself.
Olivier Pescheux takes a similar approach with “L’Eau des Hespérides.” The scent materials that convey the sensation of light used in visible art are the citrus expressions—oil from the peels—and molecules such as methyl dihydrojasmonate. Pescheux’s work here is an olfactory version of Daluz’s dress. “L’Eau des Hespérides” is a column of light that glows coolly in the air, pure and luminous.