We are ripe for radical change, for establishing a far more nourishing, respectful and sustainable way to inhabit the Earth. But for this to begin, we must start with ourselves. We must descend into the darkness. Liminality is the quality of ambiguity or disorientation experienced between these dark states of being. There is always darkness before the light.
An exhibition by Ezra Krzywokulski
Liminality is the quality of ambiguity or disorientation experienced at a threshold or between states of being. Liminality is especially related to rituals and rites of passages, and describes the dissolution of the former self and structure within the ritual process, before a full transition into the new has been achieved.
This threshold also applies to the world at large; we are on the precipice of a dangerous new world order. That which has been must crumble, and yet we have nothing certain nor contained to step into. This idea simultaneously terrifies and delights me. We are ripe for radical change, for establishing a far more nourishing, respectful and sustainable way to inhabit the Earth. Humanity is undergoing a violent process of initiation, with political unrest, nuclear threats and the imminent outbreak of world wars looming. At present, it is unclear if we will emerge a stronger collective for it.
The quality of suspension and ambiguity is reflected in my painting style. There is an evident breakdown of structure in the landscape, and the rules of geometry are toyed with like a child’s game. Apocalyptic symbolism and ignorant figures awkwardly inhabit eerie places that have their own hidden agenda. Dark fatalisms are contradicted by bright, arousing colours which hint at a surprising hope against all odds. The raw, highly charged emotions and dizzying confusion is communicated through the intensity and urgency of the application of mediums. The viewer is taken on a journey of transitions; invited to step within to a dark place of uncertainty, chaos, ambiguity and dissolution. What must die? What new construct will emerge?
Friday 10 – Tuesday 21 June 2016
10:00am – 4:00pm daily
Friday 10 June 2016 @ 6:00pm
Exhibition to be opened by Pauline Enright (PhD Philosophy)
Image Credits: Ezra Krzywokulski. Long Term Patient (2015). 61cm x 91cm. Mixed media on Linen.