Not Here, Nor There
Master of Fine Arts
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What happens if you feel that you are anxiously floating in the in-between and you do not know what to do next? Perhaps you are in the liminal space. The word liminal comes from the Latin word limen, which refers to a “threshold period.” This is a time of transition and transformation, a moment when a person has stepped across a psychological “threshold” out of the ordinary “world” of existence into a new “place” where they are open to experience something undefined and unknown. Unlike a limit, a threshold is not an end point, but a mid-point, that allows fluid crossing of, or wavering between two worlds. The intent of my current body of work is to capture the liminal space of being between psychological states and transform it into visual form. The liminal space can be foreign and strange, a place where one might feel invisible and where one’s social or political status has disappeared, inflicting a sense of isolation that makes time pass slowly, but that no amount of time ever really erases. The experience of liminal space poses a discontinuity and leads the occupant to question their surroundings, leading to an awareness of the space as a transformative threshold between distinct spaces. My work also is a mirror of how I experience the liminal space. I employ spontaneous, repetitive and compulsive layering of lines and colors to portray the relentless, never-ending experiences as I negotiate physicality, vision and ideas when transitioning in between reality and the otherworld.
“Not Here, Not There” was a series of four-room installations that incorporate printed wallpapers, sculptural structures, light and sound effects to transform viewers’ experiences as they transition in between the gallery.
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