The Guest Room
with visiting artist Justine Kaszynski
“One no longer knows right away whether one is running towards the center or escaping.” (Gaston Bachelard, 214; The Poetics of Space).
I construct assemblages of objects in my studio: pieces of glass, mirrors, and colored fabrics. I then direct light onto these arrangements to create light patterns and looming shadows. The reflected and refracted light is sometimes colored, sometimes white; it is a significant presence within the scenes. The objects in my photographs are activated by the light: they sway, project, lean to one side, break, shimmer, or sometimes just stand still. They act in a way that’s similar to a psychological state transition, a space of the in between: the liminal.
Bachelard understands the confusion of being in the world. It’s easy to become overwhelmed with so many choices to be made. Emotions and thoughts can seem to spiral in the liminal, yet it is a space in which we nearly always exist. Although it is a troubling state, when I figure out how to find balance, it can be productive and transformative. It’s easy to feel the weight of others exerting pressure to do what they want me to do, rather than making decisions for myself. At times, I feel like I’m simply going through the motions of flailing the wishes of others. Other times I simply will not cater to the pressure of others, but rather make decisions for myself. However, sometimes change demands to be faced head on; there is no escaping it. When I do this, this is when everything clicks, is in sync, and I find clarity. When my photographs are at their most successful, the possibilities are both confusion and clarity, appropriately resonating within a liminal state.
Justine Kaszynski, Liminal 2016