The works feature Pastine's investigation of color and its "optical invocation of temperature, light and spatial interplay." Color is at the heart of her work and in her previous work on canvas she uses numerous small brushstrokes that make the transitions between similar colors seamless (you cannot see this in photos). This series, however, makes use of the structure of the canvas to accentuate the edges between hues and saturation separations. This is simplifying. Discussions of color is something that can make the head hurt. Just go see them.
Pastine, a native of New York City, attended Cooper Union for her BFA and her MFA from Hunter College. She has lived in Southern California for more than a decade and has a survey exhibition at the Museum of Art and History, Lancaster, California in January, 2014.