The Liminal Codex

The Liminal Codex follows the age-old narrative of an ordinary human that receives a call to arms, attempts refusal only to get pulled in eventually. This person enters an underworld, fights battles, vanquishes demons and emerges on the other side exalted for the experience, whether it's Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey or the Fool's pilgrimage through the 22 cards of the Tarot's Major Arcana.

In this Codex, the life story in question belongs personally to the artist. But Mx. Valentine is quick to point out that it is also the universal story of humanity: we all hear the call, we all resist it initially yet ultimately fight our demons and emerge victorious. The demons are largely of our own creation, an insistence of polarities, black/white, either/or thinking, only to discover that mostly, we have to live not at the edges of things, but rather betwixt and between. A place of seeming contradiction, it is this grey space where we must learn to make peace with ourselves and our limitations.

Liminal Codex (front view)
Liminal Codex (front view)

Approximately 3.5 feet tall, 12 feet in diameter. Deconstructed antique wedding dress placed on Victorian dress form, textile dye, block printing ink, acrylic paint, watercolor, safety pins, ethically sourced bone and fur, crystal beads, cotton thread.

Liminal Codex (corner view)
Liminal Codex (corner view)

Approximately 3.5 feet tall, 12 feet in diameter. Deconstructed antique wedding dress placed on Victorian dress form, textile dye, block printing ink, acrylic paint, watercolor, safety pins, ethically sourced bone and fur, crystal beads, cotton thread.

Liminal Codex (rear view)
Liminal Codex (rear view)

Approximately 3.5 feet tall, 12 feet in diameter. Deconstructed antique wedding dress placed on Victorian dress form, textile dye, block printing ink, acrylic paint, watercolor, safety pins, ethically sourced bone and fur, crystal beads, cotton thread.

Liminal Codex (detail bodice right)
Liminal Codex (detail bodice right)

Approximately 3.5 feet tall, 12 feet in diameter. Deconstructed antique wedding dress placed on Victorian dress form, textile dye, block printing ink, acrylic paint, watercolor, safety pins, ethically sourced bone and fur, crystal beads, cotton thread.

Liminal Codex (detail bodice front)
Liminal Codex (detail bodice front)

Approximately 3.5 feet tall, 12 feet in diameter. Deconstructed antique wedding dress placed on Victorian dress form, textile dye, block printing ink, acrylic paint, watercolor, safety pins, ethically sourced bone and fur, crystal beads, cotton thread.

Liminal Codex (detail left)
Liminal Codex (detail left)

Approximately 3.5 feet tall, 12 feet in diameter. Deconstructed antique wedding dress placed on Victorian dress form, textile dye, block printing ink, acrylic paint, watercolor, safety pins, ethically sourced bone and fur, crystal beads, cotton thread.

Liminal Codex (detail rear)
Liminal Codex (detail rear)

Approximately 3.5 feet tall, 12 feet in diameter. Deconstructed antique wedding dress placed on Victorian dress form, textile dye, block printing ink, acrylic paint, watercolor, safety pins, ethically sourced bone and fur, crystal beads, cotton thread.

Liminal Codex (corner view)
Liminal Codex (corner view)

Approximately 3.5 feet tall, 12 feet in diameter. Deconstructed antique wedding dress placed on Victorian dress form, textile dye, block printing ink, acrylic paint, watercolor, safety pins, ethically sourced bone and fur, crystal beads, cotton thread.

Liminal Codex Installation with Liminal Alphabet and Liminal Video in Background
Liminal Codex Installation with Liminal Alphabet and Liminal Video in Background

(Codex) Approximately 3.5 feet tall, 12 feet in diameter. Deconstructed antique wedding dress placed on Victorian dress form, textile dye, block printing ink, acrylic paint, watercolor, safety pins, ethically sourced bone and fur, crystal beads, cotton thread. (Liminal Alphabet) Tea-stained watercolor paper, india ink, graphite. (Liminal Video) 3.56. By Suki Valentine and Emily Allan

Liminal Plant Alphabet
Liminal Plant Alphabet

Approximately 18"x12" Tea-stained watercolor paper, india ink, graphite.

Liminal Video Film Still 1
Liminal Video Film Still 1

By Suki Valentine and Emily Allan

Liminal Video Film Still 2
Liminal Video Film Still 2

By Suki Valentine and Emily Allan

Liminal Corset (glyph detail)
Liminal Corset (glyph detail)

Approximately 27"x 6" total (individual panels vary). Copper, dyed antique sari ribbon.

Liminal Corset (detail)
Liminal Corset (detail)

Approximately 27"x 6" total (individual panels vary). Copper, dyed antique sari ribbon.

Liminal Corset closeup
Liminal Corset closeup

Approximately 27"x 6" total (individual panels vary). Copper, dyed antique sari ribbon.

Liminal Corset worn closeup
Liminal Corset worn closeup

Approximately 27"x 6" total (individual panels vary). Copper, dyed antique sari ribbon.

Liminal Corset worn
Liminal Corset worn

Approximately 27"x 6" total (individual panels vary). Copper, dyed antique sari ribbon.