Halvorson discusses her process of working on location in a single session. She notes: "I can feel with my brushstrokes what it's like to be that surface or that object. So say it's steel, when I make that color and I paint it down, it feels like steel when it is becoming the thing, when there's a sythesis between my painting and the object and myself. When we're all the same thing at the same moment. That is the closest I can get to that object."
Halvorson's paintings were recently on view in the exhibition What Looks Back at Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York.
Asked about scale Halvorson notes that "with this new body of paintings, the different surfaces of various objects that I am painting are pretty much always at an arm's length away; I mean I could reach out and touch them if I wanted to. The best-case scenario is when I'm painting, it feels as if I'm feeling that object through the brushstroke, or I'm reimagining what it means to be that object, in paint, so a lot of what I'm after is this correspondence between the object and the paint mediated through me."
De Jong notes that "Similar to Tuymans, Halvorson's paintings were made in a single sitting but depart from the Belgian in that she paints her work from nature, in what appears to be low twilight. Reaching further back, Halvorson perceives her subjects with the same intentionality as the pair of New Mexico artists Georgia O'Keefe and Agnes Martin. Perception for O'Keefe, Martin and Halvorson entails sustained repetition, bordering on the maniacal edging towards the mystical."
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