|Bridges in the forest at Frank Ryan Park|
liminal (adjective)My art teacher in high school once gave us this assignment: draw something that includes a window, mirror, or door. It was one of my favourite assignments.
1. of or relating to a transitional or initial stage of a process.
2. occupying a position at, or on both sides of, a boundary or threshold.
|A window frames the subject. |
The subject becomes more significant because of the frame.
|Where will this road take you?|
|Where does it lead?|
They create a tension, I think, in the viewer, a sense of being excluded or being drawn forward.
|Open the doors.|
|Doors at St. James Anglican Church, Kingston, Ontario|
Even a portrait gains power if it is given a liminal context.