Liminality:

Reflections of a Changing Life

Christopher M. Strickland

October 28, 2020 - November 21, 2020

Liminality derives conceptualiztion from various contexts. Tradintionally, liminality stems from an anthropological perspective of a transitionsal phase an individual experiences through a rite of passage. Contemporary philosophical and ontological perspectives refer to liminality as the relational and transformative spaces between body and spirit in the personal journey of becoming and being. My understaning of liminality lies somehwere between the anthropological and ontological perspectives; contextualizing the meaning-making of personal identity and inner demensions amidst collective cultual and social experiences.

Here are samples of the works on display:

Teaching with Fire

Watercolor

Finding Courage

Watercolor

Resilience: Faith & Will

Watercolor

Out of the Grey

Watercolor

In many ways, my abstract watercolor expressions colorize the history and sensemaking of my heart, mind, body, and spirit. My paintings reflect the liminal spaces I have experienced between April 2019 - September 2020, which involve consequential transitions and life changes. As a result, my paintings present a narrative of the liminality and the resulting effects of a spiritual awakening and/or personal transformation from the changes within my life. Included in this exhibit are the following significant events: an unexpected divorce, moving across country, from New Hampshire to Nebraska; starting a new position in higher education and discovering a new community; as well as the COVID-19 pandemic.

Isolation: Paradox of Loneliness

Watercolor

Between the Lines of Conversations Past

Watercolor