Tanja Thorjussen

Translating Liminal States Into Art

In my artwork, the theme and starting point is a liminal feeling that is both temporal and spatial. This feeling of the in-between is known to me through having had epilepsy as a child. Right before a seizure I usually had visions, which led to a new way of seeing things, and got me interested in shamanism and meditation where I could let other, more controlled visions, unfold.

In this talk I will show how visions and epilepsy are translated into inspiration, and how both are expressed thematically in my art works. Presenting images from my art, I will convey how the work is developed through research and share my experiences of visions and dreams conjured while in a state of in-between.