Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Swimmer

'The Swimmer' by Jina Wallwork

Faith will often take you to where you need to be, rather than where you choose. It will drag you through sorrow and hardship because it knows that you will grow and learn from the experience. When you  feel that you cannot take another step, faith will teach you to swim.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Knot at the Brunswick Street Gallery

'Knot' by Jina Wallwork
The image 'Knot' is being exhibited at the Brunswick Street Gallery, as part of a group exhibition.

21st December 2011 - 13th January 2012
'40x40' at Brunswick Street Gallery, http://www.bsgart.com.au/
322 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, VIC 3065, Australia.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Day 16

'Day 16' by Jina Wallwork

Remnants of the night haunt this day. I woke from a nightmare and now I feel shaken. I begin this day with a moment of fear that heightens my awareness. I have an expectation of danger that is accompanied by an uneasy relief. I am no longer within the nightmare and yet it raises many questions. I search through the symbols it contains and I attempt to understand. It is as though I have allowed the night to extend into the day. The boundary that lies between day and night is not solid. We cannot divide time with abrupt boundaries, as we always carry many things from the past. I feel as though, the nightmare was a scream from a past memory. It is a memory that I must carry forward. We ignore some lessons at our own detriment. We attempt to throw away aspects of the past when they are often valuable teachers. Without an understanding of the past, the future seems random and meaningless. The past allows us to place events in context. It creates an awareness of our life's purpose and meaning. It allows us to understand our own process. Sometimes we cannot let go of an event, until we have defined its purpose and value within our life's story. It doesn't matter how unpleasant the experience was. There was a reason why we traveled through the nightmare. We must remember its content as we approach a new day.


'27 Days' is a series of transient sculptures each representing a day. To find out more about the series click here

Friday, December 16, 2011

Day 15

'Day 15' by Jina Wallwork

On this day I will hold my tongue. I will not speak from anger or sorrow. These are transient emotions that will pass in time. Perhaps, tomorrow I will no longer feel this bitter disappointment. Maybe, I will discover a new understanding that will explain the behavior of those who have caused this hurt. I will not speak today as I know it will only lead to future regret. No words will pass these lips because I need to know that my words will not be infused with anger. I will not regret today. It will not burden me as I travel forward. I cannot react to cruelty with anything other than silence. Tomorrow I will locate a space in which I feel the freedom to speak.

'27 Days' is a series of transient sculptures each representing a day. To find out more about the series click here

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Day 14

'Day 14' by Jina Wallwork

I have experienced many days. As this new born arrives I question how it will perceive this day. I know it will become buried deep within its memory. Forgotten, it is still an event that was experienced. On our first day we connected to the world around us. We must have held a perception of life on the first day we were born. Even if that perception was an emotional understanding of what it means to be alive. As our perception of life alters over the years, our initial understanding seems completely lost. Life must have seemed difficult to understand. I wonder if we made the attempt or we simply trusted our instincts and felt safe.

Maybe, we forget our first day because it is unnecessary to know how we previously understood life. As I search my thoughts, I find it easier to access memories rather than old beliefs or attitudes. Sometimes we are reminded by another and yet we cannot rediscover the perspective. It seems impossible for an adult to perceive life from the viewpoint of a baby. Life means something different to all of us. We do share a common link, we all seem to understand that life is important and valuable. I wonder if a baby feels this is true, on the first day of its adventure.

'27 Days' is a series of transient sculptures each representing a day. To find out more about the series click here

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Art of Law Wai Hin

'Birch Grove' by Law Wai Hin

There is elegance within these pieces. They have a soft delicate nature that is balanced by a strong composition and solid structures. In the piece 'Birch Grove' the blue of the river creates a vibrant and solid aspect to the composition. It is bold and dynamic and still my eyes are first guided to rest upon the mountains in the distance. This is because the color does not dominate even though it is striking. The Blue is balanced with the yellow in the foreground and the small use of black on the right hand side, anchors the colors and balances the picture. The picture is also balanced by the combination of vertical and horizontal elements. There is a grid based composition but each line is dynamic and bends to allow for interest, and the diffusion of what is a very structured composition. 

The piece 'The Heron' shows a greater degree of subtlety, the dominance of white creates a sense of peace and this is enhanced by the controlled use of color. The nature of the color white, makes it difficult to occupy a dominant position because it enhances every color by its side. White brings other colors to the foreground and yet Law Wai Hin has created a composition that holds them at bay. The structure of the white trees cuts through the bold green demanding the dominant position. The green is a very strong color, he has not attempted to lighten its shade to ease in the creation of the image. He makes structures so bold that the strength of the green is overpowered. 

These images are so beautiful and emit a sense of calm and serenity. This is created through the use of color and how the images are balanced. There isn't a hint of aggression or frustration, there is only calm.

'The Heron' by Law Wai Hin

The website of Law Wai Hin: http://lawwaihin.com/

Sunday, December 11, 2011

The Vagrants by Frederick Walker

'The Vagrants' by Frederick Walker
There are some wonderful small details within this piece. Of particular note is the wonderful brushwork within the twigs. The difference between each piece of wood allows for a series of contrasting brushstrokes. It is a wonderful range of mark making that is located within a small space. The smoke is also captured beautifully, it has the right level of transparency and movement. The range of ability perceivable within this small section is amazing.  

'The Vagrants' (detail) by Frederick Walker

You can also view this image on Google Art Project where you can zoom in to all the details click here.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Day 13

'Day 13' by Jina Wallwork

Time passes so quickly. There are so many things I wish to do. I keep thinking that I will always have tomorrow. What a magical day tomorrow must be; in my mind it contains every possibility and desire. My vision of tomorrow inspires me, life could be many things. Tomorrow seems far removed from what can actually be accomplished within this moment. As I plan for tomorrow each day brings it closer towards me. Tomorrow is not simply another day. Tomorrow contains endless possibilities, and its perfect companion is the practicalities of today. The tomorrow that exists within my mind could never arrive without the encouragement of my actions today. Strive for greatness and inspire tomorrow to be everything that it can be.

'27 Days' is a series of transient sculptures each representing a day. To find out more about the series click here

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Feed the Birds

'Feed the Birds' by Jina Wallwork

The early bird may get the worm but there is always more food wriggling in the soil. There is never a single worm living alone. It is never too late. It does not matter if you were not the first. Watch and study others because they will teach you. Each lesson is revealed within the events that unfold. It will allow you to learn about the process. When you are ready, hold on to your courage, claim what is yours and take flight.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

The Early Bird

'The Early Bird' by Jina Wallwork

Within a single day you may see the early bird devour the worm. Witness a moment of success where the bird obtains the prize. I wonder how long it took the bird to train as a hunter and to fly with skill. It began in a nest completely unable; it had a great deal to learn. It contained all of the natural instincts and gifts but expression of those skills did not begin on this day. To view every attempt this bird made, we would need to view its entire life. We would need to look beyond this moment. A victory is not obtained within a single event. The bird began this process long ago.

Friday, December 2, 2011

The Art of Holly Friesen

'Blood of the River God' by Holly Friesen

This painting beautifully depicts how water reflects colors. The scene is being captured from two different perspectives. This is because water is used as one of the subjects within the piece, its natural qualities allow for a different perspective of the landscape. The sky is within the waters, bringing light to the image. The reflections within the water are not just symmetrical, there is movement within the surface of the water and the image is adapted to express that difference. Holly drifts into abstraction and also manages to retain composition and realism. This is a realistic image yet it contains flare and personality. It is wonderful painting that explores a connection to the landscape.

Holly Friesen's website:
http://theroaringinside.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Stomach Knots

'Stomach Knots' by Jina Wallwork

I would get so nervous around you. I was incapacitated by a wave of emotion. My stomach would tie in knots. Full of nerves, I would become unsure of myself. I would be constantly questioning my own worth. As your voice would travel towards me the knots within my stomach would tighten. I was overwhelmed by the intensity of feeling. The moment shared would seem so valuable, more important than any other. My nerves became constantly heightened and the experience was still pleasant. After, I would over analyze a conversation and I would think of all the things I should have said. In my mind, I was constructing a version of myself; one that I hoped would be enough.

Each moment now seems like an opportunity lost. It feels as though they were important beyond measure but I could not extend them into a permanent aspect of my life. I would like to feel those stomach knots once more. To exist within a moment that contains so much hope and promise. My stomach only knots at times when I can see a golden future. It happens in moments that contain excitement and wonder. I would never have been able to behave in manner that ignored their presence. I could never have chosen to ignore the beautiful future that existed within my mind. My stomach knots at times when saying the right words is paramount and instead I feel silly and stupid. Those stomach knots occur at such important times. Within those moments I know that a spectacular opportunity is present. I may not always be able take advantage of what is available but there is nothing greater than feeling your stomach knot. It feels as though the world is shifting and this feeling is an acknowledgment that your life contains an overwhelming blessing.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Day 12

'Day 12' by Jina Wallwork

I miss her and because of this, I find myself counting the days. As I count each day it drifts into the past. I strive to make each day significant. I do this to justify time spent without her. I merge this day with duty and purpose. I want to look back and be filled with pride and understanding for why I needed to spend this time alone. I will make this day count because it is what she would ask of me. I will not rush through the days without direction or purpose. This is a time when I could be learning and discovering new truths. A day cannot always be spent with those who we love. Instead of counting each day; I will make this day count.

'27 Days' is a series of transient sculptures each representing a day. To find out more about the series click here

Trasna II at the Courthouse Gallery

 'Stomach Knots' by Jina Wallwork

'Stomach Knots' will be exhibited as a part of the group exhibition 'Trasna II'.

2nd December 2011 - 7th January 2012
'Trasna II' at The Courthouse Gallery, http://ennistymoncourthousegallery.blogspot.com/
Parliament street, Ennistymon, Co. Clare, Ireland.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Day 11

'Day 11' by Jina Wallwork

I will be unable to retain all of this day within my memory. As hard as I try, part of it will become more elusive as time passes by. I will be unable to retain it within my mind. I will let go of the memory piece by piece. This does not mean that I consider this day to be unimportant. The events it contains may not fuel my emotions enough to retain the memory. However, I will always know this day as the vehicle that moved my life forward. I can recognize this magnificence within all of my days. A day is a single piece within a jigsaw. Once completed, it reveals the masterpiece that is life.

'27 Days' is a series of transient sculptures each representing a day. To find out more about the series click here

Monday, November 21, 2011

Tear Apart

'Tear Apart' by Jina Wallwork

I wait for the onslaught knowing that your words no longer penetrate. I know that you are attempting cruelty out of kindness. You only ever push me so far. You are unaccustomed to the role you are attempting. Although I reveal much vulnerability, you avoid inflicting permanent harm. You are not using the entire arsenal I have given you. You do not enjoy cruelty. Those who enjoy cruelty would not know when to stop. The onslaught would be constant; instead it is a small compilation of cruel words that are thrown in my direction like a false grenade. If you enjoyed this, you would want to see the consequences and feed your importance. Instead you scurry off to avoid witnessing the damage that is caused.

I am being manipulated by someone who cares for me deeply. At times I could not see the truth and because of this, a few words could tear me apart. I’m beginning to understand your reasons. You have decided what is right for me, without my input. You are manipulating me to follow the course you have laid out. As I become aware of your actions I can see your plans unraveling. I can see the kindness behind your actions and it begins to seem amusing. A kind wonderful person is pretending to be cruel and thoughtless because they want me to love someone else. It seems like an almighty joke without a punch line. Perhaps, I will learn to write my own.

I question how hard it must have been, each time you tore me apart. I question how you must have felt. Were you constantly justifying your actions to yourself? If you need to pretend to be someone else then it isn’t the right course of action. However, this is an act of kindness. It is an expression of who you are. You do not need to be seen in a positive and truthful light. You only need to do what you feel is right. At its core, it is an act of integrity. To be aware of this is a blessing. You couldn’t have behaved in any other way. It was in keeping with your beliefs and values. As I tear apart the illusion I feel a sense of healing.

Direction

'Direction' by Jina Wallwork

Life, I imagine you to be many things. I have desires, expectations and dreams. I have a mind filled with plans and destinations. I wish to forge my own destiny from my actions and choices. I believe that I know what my life should be. Am I the creator, do I know what makes me happy? Can I avoid sorrow? I want to choose my own direction and navigate towards happiness. However, I am coming to realize that the self knowledge I hold is imperfect. I travel along the roads towards my chosen destination yet the happiness I imagined is not present. I can only know my feelings when I experience them, I cannot predict what they will be. When I construct my life based on my expectations, I find myself ill suited to my own creation. Then I deconstruct what is present and look for a new road. I will cease to look at destinations as I find them so misleading. I will follow the roads that align with my inner truth. I will enjoy the journey because otherwise the destination is worthless. I will not consciously choose a direction; I will simply follow the path that feels right for me. I will not try to change or alter my life; I will seek to discover all that it can be. I will trust it, as it unfolds and it will take me to where I need to be.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Exhibiting at Cattaraugus County Arts Council

'Rain Clouds' by Jina Wallwork
'Rain Clouds is being exhibited as part of a group exhibition at the 'Cattaraugus County Arts Council'. 

19th November 2011
'6x6: Art For Everyone' at Cattaraugus County Arts Council, http://www.myartscouncil.net/
100 West Main Street, Allegany, NY 14706, United States.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Knot

'Knot' by Jina Wallwork
You are not tied to me. You have the freedom to do anything you choose. I will never hold you down or restrict your movement. I do not need to tie us together. There isn't a rope to hold you down. I want to see you fly to great heights. I want to watch you soar. There will be no jealousy from me. I merely hope that when you land, you tell me stories of all that you have done. I want to share your experience and hear of your success. I want to see happiness fill your bones and inspire you to go higher than ever before. I know why you constantly return to me. I do not need to tie you down because this bond is unbreakable. Ties that bind, do not require a knot.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Day 10

'Day 10' by Jina Wallwork
I know that within your life there is a person you love completely. Perhaps it is a parent or a friend. You may not fully show your appreciation for the love and support they give you. There will be days in the future when they are no longer a part of your day. You will cry because of their departure. When they die you will experience an intense pain because of your loss. I do not aim to fill you with sorrow. I want you to be aware of what you have in your life, at this moment. Today you can talk and show your gratitude. Tell them how you feel and thank them for all they have done. In the future you will desire to go back to this day. You will desire to reveal their importance and you will feel regret that you cannot return to this moment.

You exist within this day. Therefore you have the opportunity to do this now. Tell them everything you want to say. They may also have important words to share with you. Some things should not be left unsaid, especially if they deliver love and kindness. They are here, right now. Everything else can wait. In the future you will realize that saying, I love you is one of the most important things you will ever do. Do this today.

'27 Days' is a series of transient sculptures each representing a day. To find out more about the series click here

The Universe Within the Turbine Hall

A proposal for the turbine hall exhibition space at the Tate Modern

The Turbine Hall is considered a large space and I would like to use that perception. I would do this by a representation of an entity that is of a larger scale. I would create a large sculpture of the universe within the space. My artistic practice is heavily influenced by my work as a spirit communicator, because of this I have created various diagrams of the universe which could be used to as a basis for a large sculpture. When I learned about the universe from spirit, it didn't feel like new knowledge. It was a process of remembering. I saw the universe from the outside and when I looked and observed, it felt incredibly familiar as though I had seen it many times before.

I was trying to understand the differing perspectives between the living and the dead. To do this I needed to know what they can see from where they are. Spirit communication isn't simply about receiving information. It is an act of establishing or continuing a connection with those who have passed. The only time spirit communication feels difficult is when you are giving a message to a family member, but their deceased loved one doesn't trust you. You are complete strangers and you are not the person they want to talk to. It is a much easier experience, when you are establishing a relationship over a long period of time. You then become more than an interpreter, you become a friend. The conversation becomes more smooth and comfortable. The deeper the friendship, the more you can understand.

The actual structure of the sculpture could be made in different ways. One method would be the use of light. The manifestation of the universe is created through its soul creating form. Light could represent the soul. Video projection would be symbolic of the origins of the universe while also allowing for how the universe moves. Just as the earth is in constant motion, so is the universe. Another possibility is to have the physical core of the universe created as a mechanical structure. As I explained in my book Death and Rebirth: The Complete Explanation, the physical aspect of the universe has the shape of a disc that is in constant motion, and this movement creates the illusion of a sphere. Either the disc or the sphere could be created. It would be impossible to create accurate movement for the disc. This is because the universe isn't constrained by time. The universe creates time within it, but time does not exist on the outside of its form. Without time the disc can spin in all directions at once; a state of both constancy and flux. Removing time changes many rules of what is possible and normal. For the purposes of this sculpture I think it would be best, to physically create a disc that is also a light source. When the disc moves the trail of light will begin to create the illusion of a sphere.

Having a representation of the universe in a large space would allow the viewer to reconnect to its enormity. It would create an awareness of our position and scale within this giant manifestation. It would be a space to contemplate existence as the true gift it is. It is a chance to consider our individual connection to the universe as we come face to face, while recognizing that we are always much closer because we are within the universe. Regardless of the materials used, the object would be constructed from parts of the universe. All objects are constructed this way, but using pieces of universe to create a replication of itself, is a concept that I'm interested in exploring. So many concepts could be explored with the project but it would also be an act of gratitude for everything the universe is.

click here to find out more about Death and Rebirth: The Complete Explanation
click here to find out more about the Turbine Hall.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Rain Clouds

'Rain Clouds' by Jina Wallwork

Within each of your tears I can see the rain cloud where it originates. It has been following you for days. As you cry I can see that the clouds will soon depart. It may take some time for you to heal from all that has occurred, but the rain does not fall every day. Your life will change; this rain cloud will grow smaller. On some days it will be surrounded by the warmth of the sun. You just need time to heal and the weather will change.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Day 9

'Day 9' by Jina Wallwork

A quiet day, a moment to explore the days that have gone before. It is a chance to find our perspective of all that has happened. This pause in the busy chaos allows us to consciously dissect each day. A chance to question the direction our life is taking. When we rest for a moment, our mind picks up the pace. We do not cease activity when we relax; we merely alter the activities we choose to do. There is so much to think and reflect upon. You need to gather your thoughts, in order to understand yourself. Relax your body and explore your mind.

'27 Days' is a series of transient sculptures each representing a day. To find out more about the series click here

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Day 8

'Day 8' by Jina Wallwork

I have a list of things to do. Plans for this day were arranged before its presence. Each task was prioritized and my time was divided accordingly. I thought I had planned for everything, and then a conversation makes me aware of emotions that I have been trying to ignore. I can feel my voice shake and I begin to cry. I become unable to complete the tasks of the day. I realize that I had been placing my emotions at the bottom of my list of priorities. As my emotions push themselves to the top of the list, I collapse within them. I know that this time is not lost, this time is important because it contains an acknowledgment of sorrow. If I cannot be fully aware of sorrow then I will also be incapable of recognizing happiness. This day has been a worthwhile journey into my emotions and I feel a sense of healing from the tears that have fallen. I did not plan for the occurrence of this day. It could not be avoided; it was needed above any other day and it could not wait.

'27 Days' is a series of transient sculptures each representing a day. To find out more about the series click here

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Drawing Connections at the Siena Art Institute

'Swift' by Jina Wallwork

'Swift' is being exhibited once again at the Siena Art Institute, as part of the 'Drawing Connections' exhibition. 'Swift' is a part of their collection.
22nd October -28th October 2011
'Drawing Connections' at Siena Art Institute, http://www.sienaart.org/
Via Tommaso Pendola 37, 53100 Siena, Italy.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Day 7

'Day 7' by Jina Wallwork

I can see the obstacle that you are facing. I faced it long ago and I can remember the frustration and annoyance. As I watch you, I can see the same emotions and I want to take them away. There was a day in which I overcame this problem. I wish I could give you that day. I try to explain how to surmount this obstacle. As I speak I can see my words scramble into an unknown language, as they travel towards your perception. You cannot understand the solution whether it is explained or not. Your frustration is heightened as I point towards a direction. I feel as though I am highlighting the path. I am beyond the obstacle and each time I try to help, I am merely emphasizing that fact.

I advise but I do not spend this moment solving your problem. We both know I could solve this within a single day. I know the process and I have already completed this task for myself. I must seem cold and heartless, as I stand back. What if I was to help, I could remove the obstruction and it would cease the struggle. However, I could be sending you down the wrong path. Instead of spending your days struggling to overcome the problem, you may spend them struggling to find a journey that is more suited.

We are walking the same path but this does not mean that we share a journey. I am where I belong and I know this because it was I who overcame my obstacles. My path is a reflection of who I am. Success does not belong to you solely because you desire it; you will find it when you express your skills and abilities; then you claim it through hard work and commitment. In removing your obstacles, I do not aid you; I throw your journey to the wind and I ask you to share mine. I will not help because I am your friend and I always will be. I want you to find a path that is reflective of who you are. I want it to fulfill all of your needs and I want you to know that you have claimed it for yourself.

You will always desire something different to what you have but it is a terrible reason to discard it. You have so much to appreciate on your wonderful journey. I think of this in order to restrain my actions. At this moment I know that you are struggling. On this day I know that I could offer assistance, it would ease the moment and cripple your future. On this day I let go.

'27 Days' is a series of transient sculptures each representing a day. To find out more about the series click here

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Papergirl San Francisco at the Incline Gallery

'The Project' by Jina Wallwork

'The Project' is exhibiting as a part of 'Papergirl San Francisco'. The Papergirl concept originated in Berlin. It consists of an exhibition and then the work is distributed through U.S. style papergirls and paperboys.

15th October 2011 - 22nd October 2011
'Papergirl San Francisco' at Incline Gallery
766 Valencia St, San Francisco, California 94110, United States.

Below is a video from 'Papergirl Brasov' in Romania. An exhibition and action that also included the work of Jina Wallwork.

Click here to view the video on youtube

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Construction

'Construction' by Jina Wallwork

The acrylic paint acts as scaffolding and I construct a drawing upon it. It is a reverse of a common process. Usually a drawing will act as the basis of painting. With this piece, I am traveling through the process backwards. I begin with a painting which then becomes a drawing. I question what it would be like to create a painting or drawing, outside of linear time. The rules would change dramatically. In the absence of time the process would no longer need to be linear. A process is seen through the creation of layers; it is the surface that is constantly altered. We rarely consider the cross section of a painting, as the perfect view of every moment within the process. If we existed outside of time we could reorder the layers in the cross section as well as making alterations to the surface. At first thought it would create endless possibilities. However, without time the piece would always be completed and never begun. It would exist as energy, waiting for time to allow it to take shape.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

3rd Sheffield International Artists Book Prize

Open publication 'Book' by Jina Wallwork

'Book' will be exhibited as a part of the 3rd International Artists Book Prize. After the exhibition it will remain in the permanent collection at Bank Street Arts.

11th October 2011 - 5th November 2011
'The 3rd Sheffield International Artist's Book Prize' at  
32-40 Bank Street, Sheffield, S1 2DS, Great Britain.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Day 6

'Day 6' by Jina Wallwork

This is one of the most difficult of days. I keep reminding myself that with each moment, this day is coming to an end. I pass through the hours with the best fa├žade I can manage. I pretend that everything is fine because I want this day to drift beyond the memory of those around me. I do not want tomorrow to consist of constant reminders of the difficulties that exist within this moment. I don't want to experience a set of conversations that will emotionally position me within the events of today. I feel drained and exhausted. As I prepare for bed I am filled with a sense of relief. I can tell myself that it is over and I can await a new day. I hope that on another day I will be able to understand why this needed to be so difficult. These emotions of disappointment and sadness, they cloud this day and it makes it difficult to see why life needed to be so hard within this moment. Why did this day need to be so terrible? I ask myself these questions but I know that a single day cannot explain itself. When we pass through a time of difficulty, it can only be understood by placing it within the journey of life. When you focus on a difficult moment out of its true context, it reduces your ability to understand. A day can be magical or a tragedy but the journey contains all days. The entire array becomes a truly amazing experience. It is only within this context that I can understand this awful day as a piece of perfection.

'27 Days' is a series of transient sculptures each representing a day. To find out more about the series click here

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Day 5

'Day 5' by Jina Wallwork

I am nervous for tomorrow. There are events planned that move me far beyond my comfort zone. My nerves seem to extend this day. I focus on the distance of tomorrow and this conscious analysis of time seems to extend each moment. I try to hold tomorrow at bay and because of this my mind becomes restless. The day extends further because I cannot sleep and I am becoming obsessed with the time it is taking me. I watch the clock, then I close my eyes, then I open them again in order to check the time. I cannot stop tomorrow. The events it includes will soon become the past. I think of this as I try to settle my nerves. Then I fall asleep and this long day finally comes to an end.

'27 Days' is a series of transient sculptures each representing a day. To find out more about the series click here

Friday, September 30, 2011

Nowhere and Everywhere

'Nowhere and Everywhere' by Jina Wallwork

There are similarities between all places. I could travel the whole world and there would remain a sense of familiarity. Some sites share common architecture or culture. Features within nature constantly reoccur. Although there are many types of tree, each is a familiar presence and trees are a symbol of a shared world. The main unbending difference between all places is me; I could travel the whole world but I would still be me. I would still interact and connect in exactly the same way. We can never travel far away from our own nature. Whether we travel nowhere or everywhere, we will always return to ourselves.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Day 4

'Day 4' by Jina Wallwork

Does tomorrow bring change or does change define the nature of what tomorrow will be?

To wait is not enough. I learn and understand patience yet I am beginning to realize my dependents on the acts of others. I am scrambling for solutions as if I am the only person who can create change in my life. I am looking at things I can do to create improvements, but I am not in control. My life contains many influences and connections. Solutions are sometimes held within the hands of another. This day can obscure a solution from view but it cannot remove its presence. On this day it is hidden. Maybe tomorrow it will come into view.

'27 Days' is a series of transient sculptures each representing a day. To find out more about the series click here

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Day 3

'Day 3' by Jina Wallwork

Worries for tomorrow are distracting me from today. My mind wanders but it does not land on a plan or a solution, it simply dwells on negative possibilities. I can see the restrictions within this day. They contain me and I question if a day will come when they no longer exist. A day must come when I remove these obstructions. I cannot be forever contained. I hope that my actions hold solutions. If they do not, then tomorrow will contain many similarities. My focus on the commonality between the days is also stifling any possible change. It is my worry that connects these two days. If I focus on this moment, perhaps I will find a solution. Things may change once my patience surmounts my worry. This fear clouds my thoughts and obscures my view. Once it is overcome a new day will present a solution.

'27 Days' is a series of transient sculptures each representing a day. To find out more about the series click here

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Papergirl Hamburg

'Butterfly' by Jina Wallwork

'Butterfly' is exhibiting as a part of 'Papergirl Hamburg' in Germany. The Papergirl concept originated in Berlin. It consists of an exhibition and then the work is distributed through U.S. style papergirls and paperboys.

30th September 2011-7th October 2011
'Papergirl Hamburg' at Kupferdiebe Galerie, http://www.papergirl-hamburg.de/
http://www.diekupferdiebe.de/ 
Caffmaherreihe 43-49, 20355, Hamburg, Germany.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

AMLP Tour of the U.S.

'Day 2' by Jina Wallwork

The image above is taken from the '27 Days' series, it is a collection of transient sculptures each representing a day. One of the photographs from the series is touring the United States as a part of AMLP.

29th September 2011.
'AMLP' at Brooklyn Art Library, www.brooklynartlibrary.com
103A N 3rd St Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York 11211, United States.

1st October 2011
'AMLP' at 2012 Nuit Blanche festival
presented by Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography,
Built for Art: The Rear Loading Dock
401 Richmond St, W Toronto, ON, Canada.

7th October 2011
'AMLP' at Mercer Gallery at Monroe Community College www.monroecc.edu/depts/vapa/mercer/
1000 E. Henrietta Rd., Rochester, New York, United States.


4th – 5th November 2011
'AMLP' at Studio 12 Gallery, http://www.studio12gallery.com/
209 Kalamath Street, Denver, Colorado, 80223, United States.

18th – 19th November 2011
'AMLP' at iam8bit, http://iam8bit.com/
2147 W. Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, California, 90026 United States.


Day 2

 
'Day 2' by Jina Wallwork

I am filled with ideas for different projects. I try to imagine them at different stages and understand their feasibility. I consider all that is needed for them to fully manifest. The idea exists on this day and I question if it can become something more. It is occupying my thoughts but I also need to consider how much it will occupy my time. I look at this day and I divide the time within it. Every moment is precious. I begin to prioritize each project and divide the time accordingly. I do not wish to sacrifice the preciousness of time, to a project that cannot be completed. Does this idea belong only to this day or does it also belong to the future as a concept with substance? I do not prioritize based whether a task is easy or hard. The hardest of tasks is usually the most worthwhile and they fill you with pride once they are accomplished. I prioritize based on who I am and whether the project is a true expression of self. If it is, then completing the project will move me towards situations that are reflections of who I am. It guides me to where I need to be. Instead of guiding me to a future that I believe I would enjoy.

This idea I hold cannot go any further; it needs to remain only within this day. It will not take me to where I need to be. It falls away because I remain true to myself. I trust the days that will follow to be right for who I am, rather than a smaller expression of self. As soon as the idea is released, it is replaced with an idea that is a greater reflection of who I am.


'27 Days' is a series of transient sculptures each representing a day. To find out more about the series click here

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

'Swift' at the Siena Art Institute

'Swift' by Jina Wallwork

Swift will be exhibited as part of 'Drawn Together'. After the exhibition, 'Swift' will remain in the permanent collection of the Siena Art Institute. It will be within the 'Drawing Connections Portfolio'.
24th September 2011
'Drawn Together' at Siena Art Institute, http://www.sienaart.org/
Via Tommaso Pendola 37, 53100 Sienna, Italy.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

I Am The Moon

'I Am The Moon' by Jina Wallwork

As the moon passes through the sky it reveals itself in different phases. There are times when we can see the moon as a whole and at other times, we receive a partial view. The same is true for the people we meet. We see a body and presume our view is complete, although we only have a superficial view. Every face is both a stranger and a friend. We are more than a face, nose, mouth and eyes. A person is not solely an outer shell. We are complex beings and it takes many moons to see a whole being. It takes time to see another in their different roles and understand their behavior. Over time you earn their trust and it encourages them to reveal more of their thoughts and feelings. It is a constant act of patience where we can never presume the process is complete. To believe that we see them completely is to believe that they have ceased to grow. A good friendship involves learning about another and respecting their growth. It is a relationship that evolves; the friendship grows with the people within it.

Friendship is a constant process and it is maintained through the understanding that people change over time; they will not always be the friend that you remember. The greatest of friendships allows for change and allows you to be yourself. It is a space that changes shape to adapt to each version of you, just as the sky accommodates the whole of the moon even when it reveals only a glimpse.

Friendships are heavily linked to the growth of those involved. When people evolve the friendship must also evolve in order to accommodate the change. If it remains the same it will fail. This is because it will no longer be a situation where you can be yourself. It will be restrictive and you will be pushed to fulfill a role that is an echo from the past. Great friendships last because we enjoy the process. We spend time together and we share our changes as they occur. Sometimes we must let go of a friendship because we no longer recognize ourselves in the perception of another. It is as though they could only see a piece of who we are. Over time the piece became smaller because they believed it was the whole. Like the moon we are always whole and yet, we are sometimes seen as only a piece. At times we express only pieces of ourselves and because of this we add to the confusion of others. Sometimes we have to let go of a friendship in order to find where we really belong. We always feel that we belong, when we are in a space where we can reveal our true selves. To occupy skies where we can be, the whole of the moon.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Day 1

'Day 1' by Jina Wallwork

I feel lost within this day. I drift along its surface without delving into its potential. Do I cease to understand everything this day could be or am I merely showing my appreciation for what it is within this moment? This day does not need to create change. It can feature many aspects of the days that have gone before. The day will create change in my life, only when my soul decides that I am ready. I cannot force change. I cannot decide on a new life and then demand its presence. I can only take steps in the direction I wish to go. I will love this day and I will miss it when my life alters.

'27 Days' is a series of transient sculptures each representing a day. To find out more about the series click here

27 Days

'27 Days' is a series of transient sculptures each representing a single day. The sculptures are made from natural materials where stones are shaped into different patterns. My behavior shapes the nature of each day, how I move the stones shapes the sculpture that represents it. These temporary sculptures are also meditations upon a day. Over many days we can see patterns emerge and slowly life changes, but within a single day this pattern is elusive. We are making decisions and responding to life's challenges but we do not know what we are creating. To meditate upon a single day is an act of consciously observing your life as it unfolds.

Day 1

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Swift

'Swift' by Jina Wallwork

I can see both the darkness and the light. I can feel the change, it exists within me and I am curious to know where it will lead. If I am leaving a point of darkness and entering the light, I feel strangely unprepared. I have come to accept my current difficulties. I see my problems as teachers and I attempt to understand them. Change will create a new set of lessons for me to learn. I do not know what those lessons will be and it concerns me. I know my life and it is comfortable. The familiarity does not shock. I can feel this change, it is swift and although the speed is sudden I know that I must be ready. My life changes as I grow. I know this to be true and it leaves me with a sense of nervous excitement. Life is moving so quickly and I try my best to ignore the fear and uncertainty. It is time to step into the light. I move forward and the light is intense. As I wait for my eyes to adjust, I wonder what they will see.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Avoidance

'Avoidance' by Jina Wallwork

The darkness and the light are key features of every life. Darkness includes times of difficulty and sadness. The light involves happiness and comfort. There is sometimes an attempt to separate one from the other. When a problem seems too large to resolve, we attempt to contain it and hope that the darkness doesn't contaminate the light. The more we try to separate the darkness from the light; the more we realize they are intertwined. Eventually the containment dissolves and the light and dark begin to bleed into each other. The darkness of the problem blends into a solution. A color begins to form and our black and white perspective ceases to be. Within a life, the darkness and the light always intertwine to create a life rich with color.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Justice and Gay Marriage

 Justice Lecture 12 by Harvard University
Click here to view the video on youtube

This lecture debates same-sex marriage. When I watched this video, I found it difficult to view the subject as a set of core philosophical issues. I'm a lesbian and that identity and lived experience influences my views. I began to think a lot about the ideas of John Rawls. He believed that we should view questions of justice through a 'veil of ignorance'. You must imagine that all roles in society are redefined and you are completely unaware of who you are. I attempted to apply this logic to the question of same sex marriage and I imagined the issue from the position of someone who is not gay and is morally opposed to homosexuality. It was difficult to place myself in that position and understand their viewpoint; I recognize how difficult it must be for them to understand my own. Sometimes the only viewpoint you can offer is the attempt to understand. Understanding is also a wonderful viewpoint to share.

I then wanted to see the issue from both sides. I think the reason people don't accept gay marriage, isn't solely about the morality of homosexuality. I think the reason gay people fight for marriage, isn't completely about legal equality. Both opposing viewpoints contain a commonality; they both want others to conform to their perception of what a marriage should be. They also do this for the same reason; if the whole world conforms to your view of marriage, then your marriage will meet your expectations. There will be no need for you to compromise and both of you will automatically know what is required within the union. It sounds incredibly safe and secure. I can understand its appeal but it doesn't seem real. It doesn't include learning about the other persons needs. If you can understand differing perceptions of marriage and accept them even if they completely oppose your own, maybe you will be capable of a marriage that involves a higher understanding of your partner's needs and also your own. You may find yourself within a marriage that conforms to the people involved. Instead of a union where two people conform to a marriage.

Justice by Harvard University http://www.justiceharvard.org/
To read my thoughts on earlier lectures click on the label at the bottom of the blog that reads Justice by Harvard University.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Papergirl Brasov

'Fragmented' by Jina Wallwork

'Fragmented' is exhibiting as a part of 'Papergirl Brasov' in Romania. The Papergirl concept originated in Berlin. It consists of an exhibition and then the work is distributed through U.S. style papergirls and paperboys.

1st September - 8th September 2011.
'Papergirl Brasov' at Ceai et caetera http://papergirlbrasov.com/
37 Castelului street, 500014 Brasov, Romania.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

The Moon's Gravity

'The Moon's Gravity' by Jina Wallwork

I look for the moon in the night sky. It is a sign of comfort and normality. Whenever I look into the darkness my eyes wander in search of the moon. The pull of the moon is more than simply gravity. It both inspires and intrigues; it took many great minds to understand the moon. I imagine there were many beautiful questions about its nature. Then knowledge unfolded before us as a puzzle that had been tackled by many. I wonder how it feels to look at the moon, without the knowledge that we have received from the generations that have gone before. The regular presence of the moon evokes comfort, and the strange nature of the object pulls out the deepest of thoughts.

When you see the moon, you cannot see gravity. We know of the moon's gravitational pull and that knowledge changes our perception. All knowledge alters our perception of the world. It is as though we view existence through a new lens that allows the unseen to become visible. It is impossible to remove knowledge and view the moon through a gaze that belonged to earlier generations. When we see the moon we will always perceive its gravity and yet we can only view it through the knowledge we have received. Our sight hasn't evolved but our perception has been altered by our expanding knowledge.

'The Moon's Gravity 2' by Jina Wallwork

Friday, August 26, 2011

Solo Exhibition at Ripley Arts Centre


The private view/ Open evening is on Monday 5th September 7:00pm - 9:00pm. All are welcome to the open evening without an appointment. In order to view the work on another date, please ring the administrator on 0208 464 5816. For a printable pdf version of the exhibition poster click here

31st August 2011 - 23rd September 2011
'Evolution' at Ripley Arts Centre www.bromleyarts.com
24 Sundridge Avenue, Bromley, London BR1 2PX, Great Britain.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

'Papergirl Vancouver' at Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre

'Guard' by Jina Wallwork

'Guard' will be exhibited at Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre as a part of 'Papergirl Vancouver'. The Papergirl concept originated in Berlin. It consists of an exhibition and then the work is distributed through U.S. style papergirls and paperboys. Below is a video where the projects founder, Aisha Ronniger, explains the concept.


Papergirl #3 from Papergirl on Vimeo.

Papermotion from Papergirl on Vimeo.

22nd August 2011 - 26th August 2011
'Papergirl Vancouver' at Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre 
http://papergirl-vancouver.blogspot.com/
http://www.roundhouse.ca/
181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver BC V6Z 2W3, Canada.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Leaves

'Leaves' by Jina Wallwork

This mighty oak; I have viewed this tree as a constant but it is an illusion as it is forever changing. It is constantly shedding its leaves. Every year it changes and refreshes itself. The tree lets go every time the leaves fall. The re-creation is both different and the same. It reminds me that some aspects of self will always remain true to the original. Sometimes we let go of ourselves in order to experience the joy of rediscovery. 
In times when we are asked to change, it is important to remember how difficult this is. Everyone can play a role but they cannot choose to enjoy it. You may find yourself discarding your leaves and slowly becoming the same tree. Sometimes this is necessary in order to appreciate our true nature. Leaves must fall.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Trail

'Trail' by Jina Wallwork

I love how the words fall from your lips. They create a pathway to places that seem familiar and beautiful. I travel through your words, following their trail and each time they take me to places that reveal a greater picture of who you really are. I travel along the landscape you create and I wonder what awaits me. I wonder how much you will allow me to see your inner truth and I enjoy this act of constant exploration. I am searching for you and I find you, again and again.