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.