Learning to Love the LIMINAL

The dictionary defines liminal as, “…occupying a position at, or on both sides of a boundary or threshold”. Being in between can work well. I’ve heard people say that they get their best ideas when they’re in transit. I sometimes take bus rides when I need to write something or come up with an idea. So, that’s fine, but when it comes to my personal life it’s a whole different matter. I realize that it’s in that liminal space where personal growth takes place. But, yuck! It’s so uncomfortable.

I struggle with this idea in my drawings. I like to pack them with images, pretty much leaving out any space between them. People have suggested for years that I simplify my compositions. I couldn’t do it. Until now. And I’ve only got my toes in, if you know what I mean. Love might be too strong a word for it, but I’m learning to like the liminal.