The word "movement" echoed in my head for all the month of February. It was clear this was to be the subject for my second collage in my new stepping stone collage series.
I have the tendency toward not exercising especially when the days are short and the weather is cold, dark, and miserable.
I love New England, but I don't fancy all of the snow. Perhaps if I played in it, I would enjoy it more. But alas, you'll find me hibernating and plumping up.
This newest collage reflects the season and moving toward spring. At the center is a bright spot and what looks like a wave lies a figure with several symbols dancing across the horizon. This collage represents more than a change of seasons and my body's desire for movement - this figure with her arms stretched out is embracing the unknown. Her dance, her enthusiasm, her spirit lights the way.
THE LIMINAL SPACE
It's as if we were caught in a darkened vestibule
between an old way of being and a new...The doors
of the past close behind us. The doors to the future are still unopened.
Too often we forget that only by
enduring our time in the liminal space between those
doors, waiting for an opening, can we eventually move
freely across a threshold into the future.
-Jane R. Pretat
I look to my collage for a clue as to how to endure this liminal space, the darkened vestibule that I find myself in these days.
Staring back at me is a clue that has been whispering in my head all month.
Experience has shown me that the slightest movement can shift circumstances. The slightest movement can shift my perspective.
This last month, I've taken some steps toward changing things in my worklife. I decluttered 9 years of files. I've explored and entertained different employment opportunities. With these simple steps, I'm finding more clarity and gaining more confidence.
I'm still in the liminal space, but it is less foggy and the vestibule is a little less darkened.
As I sit with this collage I realize that, for all our dreams to come true, we can get unstuck by throwing our arms up into the air and dance.
Here's to dancing in the dark!
Kathryn Costa, Collage Diva