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