Liminal space, 2021
Medium: vertical blinds
Liminal Space is a site-specific installation at the historical Anthony Overton Elementary School in Chicago. In architecture, liminal spaces are defined as the physical spaces between one destination and the next, such as hallways, streets, and airports. The Overton School was built in 1963 and closed as part of a wave of Chicago public school closings in 2013; it was then acquired by a community development organization in 2015. I responded to the image of the vertical blinds in the school’s classrooms to recreate transitional spaces. When the blinds spread and unfold, the lights penetrate through the interior, shattering the boundary with the exterior. The semi-functional blinds blur the border when open and closed to create a long exposure in time.