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  • Writer's pictureJennifer Gillia Cutshall

LIMINAL Repoussé: The shaping of a pivotal & timely exhibit Part 1

Between the artist and their work...


Artists respond to the theme, LIMINAL...

"Muscogee utilizes self-portraiture with motion to modulate against a fixed self and against the very nature of photography, which is a type of consciousness that has a fixed point of view, a frame that represents a dominant perspective. The objective is to override that fixed view by creating a liminal, in-between space, where the viewer can see, not only the subject of the photo, but for a moment, when the perspective is destabilized, they can also see themselves, allowing them to feel what the subject is feeling. By utilizing this liminal space I can pull the viewer forward, (through recognition and interpretation), into expanded possibility, so that they can know what they didn’t know before, and shift the limitations of constructed cultural ideals or historical bias, towards a new perspective and empathy."

Donna Garcia

"LIMINAL is the word that came to mind when I considered the past year into now. A time of uncertainty, anxiety, the in-between, and also, of possibility. Transition." Debra Disman

"Neither here nor there just reassuringly "BESIDE"..." Roelna Bashew

Liminal, the theme, is a reflection on our present time situation of transition within the boundaries of the unknown. It is a calling for truth and courage to express individual and social concerns through art forms."

Maria Botti Villegas

"My work is organized in two distinct categories that either show the imbalance within our local and global ecologies or serve as possible solutions for living resourcefully. My large-scale sculptures and installations offer my viewers a space to reflect on our hazardous environmental situation. I hope that my passion for making, my love for the earth, and my delight in observing the world around me in combination with my work will encourage people to join me in reconsidering our daily routines."

Danielle O'Malley

"As a species endemic only to California, the Yellow-billed Magpie very tangibly represents the dramatic ways in which our world could change during our lifetime. It is a symbol of the impact of climate change. It is an example of how often, response is short-lived until impact hits close to home."

Dallas Frederick

"My paintings imagine liminal spaces in the landscape for problem-solving and adaptation as women navigate change, trauma, and agency within turbulent, shifting environments." Danielle Muzina

"The horizon is our point of reference in the landscape. We determine scale and distance from it. It is the liminal edge where the sky touches the earth. It provides the base line for perspective drawings and gives the eye its bearings." Kip Harris

"For me, liminal is very much related to human connection and that ephemeral space between pain and joy." Allison Hudson

"These images were taken in shallow water along the river's edge, the interesting transition from water to land, between the Conscious and Unconscious mind. As the patterns of light become abstract, we can no longer recognize familiar structures and forms. Here intuition and creativity arise, and there are new possibilities." Robert Bergstrom

"The work stands in a liminal space between living and virtual dimension. Breaking the boundaries between two makes the captured narratives in the work connected to the one from the actual realm."

Hyunhee Doh

흔적 on wall

(mixed media on white studio wall)

"Through the Looking Glass"

Steven Levine

(w/Milton...sometimes cats define the liminal space better than anything else)

"M 101" Bernadette Freeman

"Fear of the Hospital" Diane Zeeuw

"Considering" Leona Gamble

"I depict vacant scenes that evoke an ambiguous but relatable familiarity – they exist at the threshold of something ending or yet to come, a stage in which the actors seem to have already left." Jason Cytacki

"Spirit Book #99 Chambered Congruity" Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord

"The theme Liminal was intriguing to me. The space I represent in my painting is one we commonly experience but is barely perceptible and quite nebulous."

Liz Thoresen

Untitled, C3 Barbara Koerble

"The concept of "liminality" appeals to me on several levels. First, it's universal and resonates at a deep level in the human psyche. Second, the experience of liminal space is filled with mystery and offers nearly unlimited potential for creating art that resonates. Finally, we have a "subsidiary awareness" of liminal space--art brings the concept into "focal awareness" and evokes an immediate, AHA!"

Steve Bennett

"See the potential, the moment is always fleeting.

Pay close attention, be present.

Capture the intersection of landscape and heart."

Susana Berdecio

"The material of making art is physical and bound to time and space. Yet, how we interact with it can lead us beyond the threshold of ourselves and into a greater mystery."

Stephen Linsteadt

"The liminality of observation, of art and of the world at large as it transitions between been being seen and comprehended or reckoned with is critical to much of my current work."

Neil Berkowitz

"Liminal describes a movement, from/to. The destination is unknown yet the journey is expansive."

Micheline Ronningen

"My painting, “Time Machines”, acknowledges our human wish to capture and control what is fleeting. Our experience tells us that everything is transitory, so even an effort to define the liminal boundaries of transitions between two states feels comforting. Time and matter move in cycles, loosely repeating but never exactly the same. Each instant, each instance, is unique and we can only “catch” it if we let go, if we are at one with the flow." Earl Grenville Killeen

“My work intentionally occupies the liminal space between abstraction and modern sacred art. Liminal, the place of betwixt and between, is filled with deep, rich, multivalent elements which an artist can draw upon for their creations."

Elizabeth Yoffe

"I like the idea of transitioning or transforming from one thing into something else, whether it’s literal or metaphorical. Crossing over between points in time and/or space. And a painting is a wonderful vehicle for crystallizing that temporary suspended state, with all its uncertainty, mystery and drama."

KP Devlin

"I have always found the liminal space in my mind/art/work is a great gift in life. It’s a wonderful word!"

Kathleen Donovan

"I review my images and see what might match a particular theme. Liminal is a fairly unique theme and I challenged myself to achieve the right fit with my images to the theme."

John Michaels

"Solace," Paul Griffitts

"Hmmm… Liminal. Liminality. Liminal states. Betwixt & Between. I’ve been chewing on this concept since I took Religion 1 as a college freshman over 30 years ago. As I recall, in religion and anthropology, a liminal state is the temporary period of time in a transformative ritual during which a person is neither what they were before, nor what they will be. And at the same time they are both.

In my work, I focus on carving out negative spaces to juxtapose against a swirl of marks depicting technology or architecture in decay. When successful, I like to think my work feels like a representational image you might think you see if you were to view an abstract drawing in a dark room with a strobe light. My very conscious goal is to freeze that image. To freeze the process of decay by bounding and/or piercing it with blindingly white negative spaces. In this sense, my drawings are very much about liminality. I draw objects and spaces that once were monuments to human ingenuity and engineering know-how, but only after their useful life is over. After they’ve been acted upon, degraded, and manipulated by nature. Objects and spaces that are no longer fully man-made, but but before they are entirely reduced to the natural state they will become with time. Neither wholly man-made, nor wholly of nature. And, at the same time, both."

David Murgio



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