Words are packed and wound tightly with infinite histories, associations, and individual context; often we're unaware how we've shaped and been shaped by our vocabulary and our regional vernacular ... Attaching memories to the words that tell our stories and resonate with our understanding of the world.
HaltForce is the pairing of two opposing actions: stillness and movement. As artists we are inspired by the initially jarring quality of these words together, they both have sharp sounding qualities with descending accents. Together they're perhaps unsettling or unattractive. How have these words lived in our lives? Our stories? And upon further reflection, 'halt' and 'force' became words that defined an artistic process and a challenge to create work that allowed both to exist.
/hôlt/ An abrupt stop or suspension of movement
What abruptly stops us? Or suspends us? While the word halt may incline the imagination towards limitations or road blocks, they can also comprise moments of beauty or awe that suspends us from our daily tasks just for that moment. Does 'halt' imply motion preceded the suspension?
/fôrs/ strength energy, to make a way through
The push and pull of interaction are the transactions of force. That energy and strength can come from outside ourselves or it can be cultivated from within. If force suggest movement, it can also indicate something was suspended to allow the energy through.