«The surface of the canvas is like skin. The surface of the observer is skin. Experiencing a painting is a matter of ‘skin’ meeting skin, and this encounter is most keenly felt in abstract painting – in painting where thinking (in the sense of rational thought) is a virtually useless activity. So, the encounter between body and abstract painting involves friction between two skin surfaces. This friction is what we call ‘affect’: forces from the painting that connect with the body before it has time to think.»
From the essay: «Becoming nature». (August 2018) by Øystein Sjåstad, Associate Professor in Art History, Department of Philosophy, Ideas and Art History and Classical Languages, University of Oslo. Published in “Scenes from the Garden” an Artist's Book by Kristine Øksendal, 2018.
English translation by Rene Lauritsen.
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Image: Another Blue (detail) by Kristine Øksendal. Oil, tempera, metal and gold leaf on canvas, 140 x 110 cm, 2019.