Jeff Hensley
If we ask ourselves what person or institution stands behind the word ‘truth,’ the word then becomes something for which materials and meaning can hang onto. This social relation is always negotiated depending on the motivation of those who use these words, symbols, and metaphors. As a visual artist, it is my interest to move within the gap of the symbolic and the actual. As a result, the ambiguity or disorientation that occurs in this gap offers a threshold for the audience to engage as a participant and structure their identity, time, and relationship to the materials as a new experience which offers up the question, “are our ethics and aesthetics the same?” Anthropologist Arnold Van Gennep defines this moment when participants no longer hold their pre-ritual status but have not yet begun the transition to the status they will hold when the ritual is complete as “liminal.” This slippage or in-betweeness has greatly impacted the art production of the 20th and 21st Century.