I designed an installation for the ZAIM Community Art Center in Yokohama, created from my experiences in Japan on a three-week study trip there. Inspired by the transient boundaries I found inherit in much of traditional Japanese culture, I used lighting and space to explore the fluid delineations between light and shadow and the idea of the sacred and the mundane. I asked visitors to use the chalk provided to mark the boundaries that existed for them. Their collective markings added beauty and substance to this installation.

The following text is the artist statement for the work:

The Interstice

order in nonlinearity,
freedom in uniformity,
balance in systems without centers,
sacred in the mundane,
and vice versa.

Japan was a study in contrasts - contrasts that are not clearly defined but blur, shift, transform and transport. It has shifted my thoughts as I consider the relative static-ness of my own culture.

This project questions the line or the lack thereof between the sacred and the mundane. It explores the idea of sacredness as transitory - as not attached to place but rather to the process of moving through space. It is about intentionality rather than being in a particular place at a certain time. From the evershifting shrines at Ise, to the temple thresholds stepped over at Nara, to the blurred separation between the floating torii and its own reflection at Miyajima, this idea and feeling of temporality is all at once offputting, appropriate and beautiful.

Where does sacred space begin, end, overlap with the mundane?
Do they lie in contrast or exist together in what Roland Barthes refers to as the interstice - to being “without specific edges” that is nowhere and everywhere.

step over, around, through
the lit spaces,
use the chalk to mark on the floor
the interstice,
the inbetween,
the beginning, the end,
the overlap of
the sacred and the mundane,
the light and the dark,
the shadow,
the permanent and the temporal,
the real and the imagined.

Fluorescent lights, Wood, Chalk, Photographs on paper