The Threshold

The attributes of liminality or of liminal personae ("threshold people") are necessarily ambiguous, since this condition and these persons elude or slip through the network of classifications that normally locate states and positions in cultural space. Liminal entities are neither here nor there; they are betwixt and between the positions assigned and arrayed by law, custom, convention, and ceremonial.[1]

 

Being bi-cultural (half Japanese and half American) initially inspired and influenced my interest in studying this idea of existing between and within distinct individual groupings, as an extension of discovering my own nature and existence (as a cross cultural product). In this era of rapid globalization and internationalism, people born into cross-cultural environments are not a rarity. In fact I believe that the mixing of races, genders, and ethnicities is progressing at an exponential rate, that this issue of how to accommodate and capture this experience of displacement is a crucial issue for future artists.

The in-between space is a strange place. These spaces and identities within them are difficult to clearly speak of (almost more suited for riddles) precisely because they are neither here nor there. They are almost un-definable, only being expressed through its relation to the other larger systems. I intend to create intentional liminal spaces to reveal a hidden truth about communal and individual history. Providing a space where identity can be reclaimed and reconstituted is a powerful thing. This is what constantly fascinates my work, and something I hope artists will continue to provide in the future

           

 

                  [1] Turner, Victor W. "Liminality and Communitas." The Ritual Process: Structure and Anti-structure. Chicago: Aldine Pub., 1969. P.359. Print.