Liminal Space

Faculty Sponsor

Sarah Jantzi


Arts and Sciences



Presentation Type

Artistic Presentation

Symposium Date

Spring 4-29-2021


"Liminal" means to be in an intermediate, or in-between, state. I am in the midst of worldly events as well as life stages; I currently exist within a liminal space, as do many at this time. The narrative of Liminal Space is told through a series of photographs, taken continuously throughout daily scenes from November 2020 to February 2021. This piece chronicles my life and the world around me through sight and sound and explores my perception of time and memory. I created this short film to document and notice the details of my life. Photographing each day for four months made me look at my surroundings in a different way-- a way that practices gratitude, but also shows the sometimes mundane aspects of life. Each frame is a single photograph, creating a stop-motion quality to the film. The purpose of this is to draw attention to each moment's transient nature. Though there are no pictures of myself alone, the documentary has become a self-portrait, showing the viewer insight into my life through the interactions with my surroundings and the people that inhabit them. I am asking questions with the work such as: How do others relate to my experiences? How will my perception of this period of my life change as time goes by? What is the impact of paying attention to details in one's life?

Biographical Information about Author(s)

Emily Gustin is a senior digital media art major with a minor in communication. In 2020, she began experimenting with photographs in a video format, creating a stop motion style seen in her short film. She is interested in other creative mediums, including graphic design, as well. She uses her creativity to understand the world around her and to connect with others.

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