Snow Yunxue Fu, an artist and professor based in New York, works primarily in 3D software, creating art that plays with the viewer’s sense of reality through creating abstracted scenes and translating the experience of liminality from the physical to the digital world.
The liminal is a reoccurring theme in Snow’s work. Liminal, as Snow describes it, is: ‘the sublime within digital space and the VR experience, conjuring up notions of time, space, and perception, and echoing the experience of the sublime in nature.’ Like many other digital artists, the work plays with a sense of reality. Yet the unique feature of Snow’s is how the viewer is brought in. The feeling of immersion is taken a step further with the aid of new media and digital mediums. Unlike the liminal which is often a state out of our control, here the digital forms create what Snow references as the ‘liminoid’; describing a state close to the liminal but is an active choice. Through virtual reality (VR) technology and 3D animation, Snow allows her viewers the choice to step in and submerge themselves in this new ‘techno sublime’ state.