Monday, December 30, 2013

Cut the Wire

Cut the Wire - Jina Wallwork
She can see every twist in the conversation. She is the invisible peacekeeper whose gifts are underestimated. She can envisage each fight before it is allowed to form. Some conversations touch the pain of others and critical words can lead to ruptures. Each word becomes explosive and dangerous, but each has been fully observed by her penetrating gaze. An argument can be diffused before it occurs. She is the bomb disposal expert who cuts the wire before flames are allowed to fill the air. She has steered the conversation without any use of aggression; she has skillfully changed the tone and content. There will be no arguments today, because a conflict will not solve these difficulties. Heated voices will increase the size of the problem and push the solution further out of reach. She has chosen peace for today, because tomorrow may introduce a resolution.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Monday, December 2, 2013

Golden Tickets

Golden Tickets - Jina Wallwork
You desire more help and assistance, so you invest in a possible future and cling to a ticket that could be gold. The statistics are against you, but there is a small chance. It allows you to imagine a circumstance that is alien to you. It is a chance to enjoy a fantasy and relieve the stress of the day. Someone will win, but most people will lose. Investing in a dream will make it feel more tangible. You don’t realize your own importance or value.

Don’t invest in a dream; invest in yourself through education and tools. You will discover that you are far more capable of anything you could have imagined. Trust that you can build your own future. Take practical steps towards a dream and it will open your life to greater possibilities. You are the key; you are the golden ticket.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

The Red Sea

The Red Sea - Jina Wallwork
She has never taken the time to discover who I really am. I am the red sea. Her lack of knowledge feeds her imagination and she presumes the water is red and the label is accurate. I want her to swim in my waters and understand me at every depth, but I don't fill her with the adventurous spirit that is required. I am not the journey she wishes to take. She stands at a distance and imagines that her eyes are open.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

A Remote Mountain

A Remote Mountain - Jina Wallwork
It is often difficult to understand your loved ones. When you choose a difficult road you expect them to stand by your side. You want them to show encouragement and support. As the obstacles become greater you sense that you are alone. It may seem as though the connection between you isn't strong enough; their love too shallow to watch over your endeavors. It is so easy to misunderstand the size of another person’s love. If you share your journey then you reveal every pain and sorrow. They want to stand close as you struggle through every failure, but it becomes too painful to watch. They attempt to steer you in another direction, because they want your life to be easier and they want to see you smile. They share your struggle, because they love you. They cry at your sadness and feel your frustration while hiding their worries from your heavy heart. There is no path they will not travel, because you are bound together. When you understand this, you can stand on a remote mountain and still feel the presence of your most profound connections.

Buy Prints: http://www.redbubble.com/people/jinawallwork/works/11067069-a-remote-mountain

Monday, October 21, 2013

Signs and Symbols

I - Jina Wallwork

I by Jina Wallwork is included in an exhibition of artwork inspired by signs and symbols. Artists from 20 different countries are included in the exhibition.

October 2013
'Signs and Symbols' at General Store Community Arts Centre
https://www.facebook.com/GeneralStoreCommunityArtGroupInc
6 Albert Place Mount Barker, SA 5251, Australia.

Carrying the Light

Carrying the Light - Jina Wallwork
It is deep within that I find the light of my soul. I want to show it to those around me, but I don’t know how. They cannot see even a glimmer beyond this flesh. I want to build connections that exist beyond the superficial. I am not this body; I am the spirit at the core of my being. I want to convert this light into words and imagery so it can become visible to others. A body disguises what is real and important. I want to share my light and bathe in the beautiful light of others. I want deep and honest connections with other people, because we are not just skin and bone.

Buy Prints

Friday, October 11, 2013

A Book About Death Exhibition

Death and Rebirth by Jina Wallwork

A signed print of the death and rebirth book cover by Jina Wallwork is being exhibited as part of A Book About Death. http://abadaustralia.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/artwork-16-jina-wallwork.html The Australian exhibition is is the 27th exhibition of A Book About Death. Paris based artist Matthew Rose instigated the first A Book About Death exhibition in 2009 in New York.

18th Oct 2013 – 24th November 2013.
'A Book About Death' at Tweed River Art Gallery
2 Mistral Road, Murwillumbah South NSW 2484, Australia. 

Thursday, October 3, 2013

The Seated Demon

The Seated Demon (after Mikhail Vrubel)
As the world burns he is overwhelmed by a sense of calm. It is finally over. The change has occurred and his freedom is now assured. The confines of this relationship have suffocated all his passion and joy. The prison sentence has been long and undeserved. He condemned himself with every false apology. He never understood why the words were requested, but recognized they were needed to obtain a transient peace. There is no love within her tearful screams; there is no love within this argument.

There was once a belief that small alterations could make this relationship work. He would eagerly accept the responsibility of fixing what was never whole. It is time to let go. He listens to her complaints and accepts his role as the evil demon. The blame feels light on his shoulders, because they are kissed by the warm breeze of freedom. He listens to the sound of her voice, but doesn't hear her words. He is no longer present within the relationship. He is alone watching the sunset without a care for tomorrow. He has finally escaped. They are both free.

Buy Prints: http://www.redbubble.com/people/jinawallwork/works/10914739-the-seated-demon

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Diamond

Diamond - Jina Wallwork

We all have our own personal struggle. The world unleashes hardship and we are changed by the journey we travel. We find hidden resources deep within us and it allows us to carry on. We become strong and beautiful, like a diamond forged by external pressures.

In times of difficulty we become angry and frustrated. It is hard to see the beauty of a lesson until it has been overcome. In hindsight, we can see how our personal struggle allowed us to recognize our own strength and beauty. The rich colors of life become more visible as time passes by. Lessons are a gift that is disguised as a nightmare. Eventually we open our eyes and see them for what they really are.


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Competitive Strategy

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU)
Competitive Strategy,2013 

I recently completed the Competitive Strategy course from LMU. I received a statement of accomplishment with distinction. This course was made available through the Coursera platform. It is a great place to find courses from many different universities. 

The course was really enjoyable, full of real world examples. I'm just starting an economics module as part of my degree and it made me feel less nervous and more excited. 

Friday, September 20, 2013

Boxed In

Every Breath -Jina Wallwork
29th September 2013.
'Boxed In' at Elks Lodge http://paulashaughnessy.wix.com/boxedin
50 Hinchman Ave, Wayne, NJ07470, United States

Every Breath by Jina Wallwork is included in the exhibition Boxed In. This exhibition is to support the charity Sam's Voice. The charity was founded to raise money for Heeling Autism, which helps fund Autism service dogs for families, and also to help raise awareness about Autism & Autism service dogs. The video at the bottom of this blog explains a bit more about the charity.

21-22nd September 2013
'Papergirl Candal' http://www.experimentarte.pt/
Candal, Portugal.

signed prints of Self II by Jina Wallwork are included in Papergirl Candal. The Papergirl concept originated in Berlin. It consists of an exhibition and then the work is distributed through U.S. style papergirls and paperboys.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The Trailblazer

The Trailblazer - Jina Wallwork
He overcame every obstacle. Impossibility has become void of all meaning, because a path has been forged by the intensity of his own personal vision. He runs through the landscape shaping it to accommodate his own journey. I watch with amazement stunned by his capacity to succeed in such a hostile environment.

There is a pathway now open and I hesitate as I consider all that I have seen. I didn't know the world could allow space for such an achievement. It shakes my understanding and I feel refreshed. The path he has opened has become crowded. They stand impatient and frustrated and it breeds hostility. There is no space to walk this path, because it belongs only to him.

I can see the fire burning within him. There is a passion that has overwhelmed any difficulties. I don’t need his path and I don’t need his fire, because I have my own. The greatest gift a trailblazer can deliver is a reminder of your own fire and the inspiration to ignite.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Art and Inquiry

MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) 
Art and Inquiry: Museum Teaching Strategies For Your Classroom, 2013

I'm not a teacher but this course made me incredibly curious. I've studied with the MoMA before and was really impressed. This course was made available for free through the Coursera platform.

I decided to take participate in the course for a number of different reasons. I have never completely ruled out the idea of teaching art in some capacity. secondly, I think its important to understand how art is used in conversation; how is a visual language developed and understood. Also, I wanted to know more about the MoMA, because I think its important for artists to understand how art galleries operate.

The course was thoroughly enjoyable. It showed how inquiry based teaching methods can encourage a greater dialogue. The technique uses open ended questions to explore peoples ideas and make them more comfortable in expressing them. It is a conversational tool and a learning tool. I have learned many new skills that could be adapted to a range of circumstances, not just classroom teaching. My grade was 95% I therefore received a 'Statement of accomplishment with distinction'.


Sunday, August 25, 2013

A Day at the Beach

A Day at the Beach - Jina Wallwork
When your mind is filled with obstacles, you must take a moment to rest. Striving to succeed cannot occupy every minute. You may achieve everything your heart desires and more. The world could be delivered to your door wrapped in love and appreciation, but this will only make you happy if you define success as the admiration you receive from distant strangers. I would prefer a definition of success that includes the ability to maintain deep and heartfelt connections with those you love. Success is a feeling of gratitude for all that you have, it isn't a circumstance.

What is your life? Does it involve your own gratitude for all that you posses? Do you stop and enjoy the moment? Do you stop working in order to enjoy a day at the beach with those you love? Can you alter your plans to assist others in your life when they require comfort and compassion? What is the routine you have created for yourself? Does it allow space for enjoyment and love? Is this the life you want to live? Strive for success but place it in perspective.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Tree Sculpture V4


The Tree Sculpture is an evolving piece of artwork. It was first created in 2003 and has now reached version 4.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Papergirl Calgary

Shock - Jina Wallwork

Shock by Jina Wallwork is included in Papergirl Calgary. 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 from last year. Art by Jina Wallwork was also included in last years exhibition.


14th – 17th August 2013
'Papergirl Calgary' at EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts http://papergirlcalgary.tumblr.com/
205 - 8th Avenue SE Calgary, Alberta T2G 0K9, Canada. 

Monday, July 29, 2013

Papergirl Dublin and L'Art de la Carte Postale

Medusa - Jina Wallwork


A signed print of Medusa by Jina Wallwork is exhibiting in Sigean. This is the second L'Art de la Carte Postale exhibition. Both exhibitions have been organized by artist Valentine Mark Herman. http://www.val-herman-art.eu/

6th - 17th August 2013
'L'Art de la Carte Postale' at Médiathèque, 37 Rue du Commerce, Sigean, France.


signed prints of Self II by Jina Wallwork are included in Papergirl Dublin. The Papergirl concept originated in Berlin. It consists of an exhibition and then the work is distributed through U.S. style papergirls and paperboys.
http://papergirldublin.tumblr.com/post/45423349783/some-postcards-from-jina-wallwork-in-england

15th – 18th August 2013
'Papergirl Dublin' at Lucy's Café (upstairs in Lucy's Lounge) http://lucyslounge-dee.blogspot.co.uk/
http://papergirldublin.tumblr.com/ 11 Fownes Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland


Self II - Jina Wallwork

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Every Breath

With each breath life takes shape. Each moment will become a memory to cherish, regret or discard. Think of this moment as you breathe deep, because this experience will soon change. Both joy and sorrow will dance and one will lead as the other follows. They are constantly adapting to changes within the music of your journey.  Your history expands as you live. Inhale the experience and exhale the memory.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Broken


New video about the book, 'Broken'. If your viewing this post in a feed-reader the link is http://youtu.be/qWxdGm49ZwI 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Papergirl Belfast

The Traveling Mind - Jina Wallwork

Signed prints of The Traveling Mind by Jina Wallwork are being exhibited as part of Papergirl Belfast. The Papergirl concept originated in Berlin. It consists of an exhibition and then the work is distributed through U.S. style papergirls and paperboys. http://www.pssquared.org/papergirl.php

28th June – 5th July 2013
'Papergirl Belfast' at PS2 http://www.pssquared.org/
http://papergirlbelfast.tumblr.com/ 18 Donegall St, Belfast, BT1 2GP, Ireland.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Vision

There were a few teething problems but I've finally sorted out the video. Sorry for the delay, I published it and then pulled it because it wasn't quite right. I learn more with each mistake I make. It is the nature of the process. I hope that you enjoy it.



Everything is a learning process and I'm starting to make better videos. Compare the difference between the video above and my first video below. Both are about the book 'Vision', but the one above is a giant leap
forward. I have created a new youtube channel because of the change and to enable greater Google+ integration. The channel can be found through the video above or through my Google+ page +Jina Wallwork .

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Sleep

Sleep - Jina Wallwork
I empty my consciousness into a vessel of exhaustion. It waits for me, unaware of the distance. I am lost to the river. My body is weightless and I am lifted beyond this shell. I drift away from my sense of self only to discover something more, as I sink deeper into a new truth. It is a world I may or may not remember. This dream contains fragments of self knowledge, but it speaks in a language that is unique to the dreamer and I cannot be sure that is me. I want to remember every symbol and deliver each of them to my waiting consciousness. This world seems to be more than an illusion. I try to comprehend my location while I attempt to navigate this trembling dreamscape. I am controlled by the dream and I have no other choice, I must let go.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Update on the Sketchbook Tour

Originally it was going to be one sketchbook touring but now its three. Sketchbook 2012, sketchbook 2013.01 and Grass is Greener. I've already mentioned the 2012 sketchbook in the blog. In this post I've included a few of the images from the separate sketchbooks. The Sketchbook Project is a traveling mobile library of artists sketchbooks. There are a few tour dates that haven't yet mentioned, these are below.





14th June 2013
'The Sketchbook Project' at Space Gallery http://www.space538.org/
538 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101, United States.

15th June 2013
'The Sketchbook Project' at AS220, http://www.as220.org/
115 Empire Street, Providence, RI 02903, United States


16th June 2013
The Claws of a Mountain -Jina Wallwork
'The Sketchbook Project' at Darling Foundry http://fonderiedarling.org/en/
745 Rue Ottawa Montreal, QC H3C 1R8, Canada.


2-3rd July 2013
'The Sketchbook Project' at The Gallery at Avalon Island 
39 S. Magnolia Ave, Orlando, FL 32801, United States.


31st July 2013
'The Sketchbook Project' at The Funk Zone
205 Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, United States.


1st Aug 2013 (mentioned recently but the date has changed)
'The Sketchbook Project' at Santa Barbara Museum of Art http://www.sbmuseart.org/
1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA, United States


22nd Aug 2013
'The Sketchbook Project' at American Visionary Art Museum http://www.avam.org/
800 Key Hwy, On Covington Street, behind museum, Baltimore, MD 21230, United States.

23rd Aug 2013
'The Sketchbook Project' at Virginia Commonwealth University http://www.vcu.edu/
1111 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220, United States. 

Mythical Being - Jina Wallwork
26th Aug 2013
'The Sketchbook Project' at Knoxville Museum of Art http://www.knoxart.org/
1050 Worlds Fair Park Drive, Knoxville, TN 37916, United States.

27th August 2013
'The Sketchbook Project' at Watkins College of Art and design https://www.watkins.edu/
298 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228, United States.

29th August 2013
'The Sketchbook Project' at Crosstown Arts/The Dixon
430 N.Cleveland St, Memphis, TN 38104, United States.

30th Aug 2013
'The Sketchbook Project' at City Museum http://www.citymuseum.org/
701 N 15th St, St Louis, MO 63103, United States.

1st Sept 2013
'The Sketchbook Project' at Indianapolis Art Center http://indplsartcenter.org/
The Party - Jina Wallwork
820 E 67th St, Indianapolis, IN 46220, United States.

7-8th Sept 2013
'The Sketchbook Project' at Canal Park
200 M Street Washington, DC 20003, United States

19th Sept 2013
'The Sketchbook Project' at Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design http://www.miad.edu/
273 E.Erie Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202, United States.

22nd Sept 2013
'The Sketchbook Project' at Light Grey http://lightgreyartlab.com/
118 E 26th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55404, United States.

24th Sept 2013 
'The Sketchbook Project' at Dahl Art Center/ Rapid City Public Library http://www.thedahl.org/
713 7th Street, Rapid City, SD 57701, United States 

26-27th September 2013
'The Sketchbook Project' at Ulrich Museum
1845 Fairmont St, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS 67260,United States.

29th September 2013
'The Sketchbook Project' at Santa Fe Art Institute/ SFUAD
Greener - Jina Wallwork
1600 St. Michels Dr, Santa Fe, NM 87505, United States.

1st October 2013 
'The Sketchbook Project' at NoBo Arts District
Boulder, CO, United States.

3rd Oct 2013
'The Sketchbook Project' at University of Missouri- Kansa City http://www.umkc.edu/
5110 Rockhill Rd, Kansas City, MO 64110, United States.

5th October 2013
'The Sketchbook Project' at The Dandy Lion
310 Bank Street, New Albany, IN 47150, United States.

6th October 2013
'The Sketchbook Project' at Wexner Center for the Arts http://wexarts.org/
1871 N High Street, Columbus, OH 43210, United States. 

8th October 2013
'The Sketchbook Project' at 4000 University Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15131, United States.

11-13th Oct
'Sketchbook Project Tour' at Brooklyn Art Library www.brooklynartlibrary.com
103A N 3rd St, Brooklyn, NY 11249, United States

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Une idée de l'Autoportrait/One idea of a Self Portrait

Self II - Jina Wallwork

A signed Self II print by Jina Wallwork is included in the exhibition Une idée de l'Autoportrait/One idea of a self portrait. A full list of participants can be found at https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=589638831069951&id=164849603548878 The exhibition has been organized by Christophe Massé http://toffer.canalblog.com/

28th June 2013
'Une idée de l'Autoportrait' at Sous La Tente, Un lieu indépendant pour l'Art
28 rue Bouquière, 33000 Bordeaux, France.



There is a past exhibition that I forgot to mention on the website and the blog. Massive apologies.

2nd Feb -16th Feb 2013
'Voce Ai Popoli – Voice to People' at Bookique http://www.bookique.org/


The Lost Song - Jina Wallwork
Torre D'Augusto 29.38122 Trento, Italy

This was an exhibition on the theme of music. The Lost Song by Jina Wallwork was included in the exhibition. The exhibition was organized by ARRT (Attori Riuniti Rovereto Trento/Actors Gathered Rovereto Trento). Photo's of the exhibition can be found at 


This also means that the 100th exhibition to include Jina's artwork was Papergirl Kelowna.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

I'm So Green

I'm So Green - Jina Wallwork
My naivety delivers each dream. It allows the impossible to form within my mind. My ideas are not suffocated by past experience. I have not defined my reality with perceived restrictions. I love my beautiful naivety, because it encourages me to step forward and explore, while others hold back. They speak of how the world is and with each word they define their own truth. I look at the world with a smile, because I don’t know what’s possible and what isn't. I don’t need any guarantees for the decisions I make. People say that, ‘it can’t work’, ‘it’s stupid’ or ‘it’s impossible’. I watch each word mutate within the air and when they land on my ears they tell me, ‘it’s going to be difficult’. I’m not looking for comfort and security; I’m not looking for the easy road. I want to live and I want to know that I have tasted as much life as I possibly can. I’m happy to be the naive fool chasing impossible dreams; I’m happy to be so green.  

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Look Within

Look Within - Jina Wallwork

If you look for your greatest strength you will find only arrogance. If you attempt to discover your own weaknesses you will come to understand yourself. When you look within there are many illusions, because you do not hold a true perception of who you are. You have not tested your limitations and without this you cannot discover the truth. To risk failure is to push beyond what you believe you are capable of achieving. Failure is a gift, because it tells us that we are living on the edge of all our capabilities. It tells us that we are giving everything and our reward is self knowledge. Failure reveals your next step forward. When we push down these barriers, we grow beyond the skills we previously possessed. Failure is the pathway that leads to success.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Exhibiting at Rochester Contemporary Art Center

The Skin of a White Elephant - Jina Wallwork
The Skin of a White Elephant by Jina Wallwork is included in the 6x6x2013 exhibition at Rochester Contemporary Art Center. This will be the 100th exhibition to include artwork by Jina Wallwork. For a full list of participating artists visit http://www.roco6x6.org/6x6x2013_full_artist_list.php .

1st June – 14th July 2013
'6x6x2013' at Rochester Contemporary Art Center http://www.rochestercontemporary.org/
137 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14604, United States. 


Thursday, May 23, 2013

Papergirl Kelowna and More



Self II - Jina Wallwork




Signed prints of Self II are included in Papergirl Kelowna http://papergirlkelowna.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/jina-wallwork-what-lovely-surprise.html. The works are exhibited and then distributed by papergirls and paperboys. 


24th May – 1st June 2013
'Papergirl Kelowna' at Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art http://alternatorcentre.com/
Unit 103, Rotary Centre for the Arts http://www.rotarycentreforthearts.com/
421 Cawston Ave, Kelowna, B.C. V1Y 6Z1, Canada http://www.papergirlkelowna.blogspot.co.uk/


More dates have been added to the sketchbook tour. As mentioned previously Sketchbook 2012 by Jina Wallwork is touring the United States and Canada as part of The Sketchbook Project. A traveling collection of artists' sketchbooks. Once the tour is completed the sketchbook will remain in the permanent collection of the Brooklyn Art Library.

The sketchbook can be viewed in entirety at http://issuu.com/jinaw/docs/sketchbook2012?mode=window

The sketchbook includes the images The Green Lenses, Loose Ends , Within Your Hands ,  Abstracted Mind.It also includes The Maze, Holding Myself Together, Dry Eyes, The Sound of Sorrow, Tied Together and To Deceive. Images that are included in the book Broken. The additional tour dates are below.


26th-27th June
'The Sketchbook Project' at The Goat Farm Art Center
1200 Foster Street, Atlanta, GA 30318,
 United States

8th July 2013
The Sketchbook Project, The Hunter Museum http://www.huntermuseum.org/
Chattanooga, TN, United States

10th July 2013
The Sketchbook Project, Mellwood Art Center http://www.mellwoodartcenter.com/
Louisville KY, United States

12th July 2013
'The Sketchbook Project' Chicago Arts District Second Friday
5020 S.Cornell Avenue, Chicago, IL60615, 

31st July 2013
'The Sketchbook Project' at Santa Barbara Museum of Art http://www.sbmuseart.org/
1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA, United States

1st Aug 2013
'The Sketchbook Project' at Cultural Arts District
S.B,CA, United States

14th-16th Aug 2013
'The Sketchbook Project', 'Write When You Get There', The Sketchbook Project Mobile Library,
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art http://www.nelson-atkins.org/ Kansas City, MO, United States.

17th Aug 2013
'The Sketchbook Project' at Art ST.Louis http://www.artstlouis.org/
555 Washington Ave., Ste. 150, St. Louis, MO, United States.

7-8th Sept 2013
The Sketchbook Project, Canal Park, Washington, DC, United States

9-10 Sept 2013 
'The Sketchbook Project' at Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 N Union St, Alexandria, VA, United States.

There have also been some changes to the tour dates these are below

13th-14th July
'The Sketchbook Project' at Hyde Park Art Center http://www.hydeparkart.org/
5020 S. Cornell avenue, Chicago, Illinois, United States

19th – 21st July 2013
'The Sketchbook Project' at Jupiter Hotel 
1022 SW Stark St, Portland OR 97205 United States 



Monday, May 20, 2013

The Party

The Party - Jina Wallwork


This would be a good time for a party. There doesn't need to be anything specific to celebrate, because we can find a reason. There is always something in your life that is wonderful, but you don’t assign a moment to appreciate its magic. You should be filled with gratitude and pure joy, but your blessings have become a part of the everyday. In your life right now there are people who you love, and they love you to. Life will change and some things will be lost, but within this moment there is such beauty. There is always a reason to celebrate this day. If you can’t find a reason you’re not looking hard enough.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Chewing Gum

Chewing Gum - Jina Wallwork
Consider every word. You do not desire to enter this argument, but you are constantly provided with an invitation. Don’t allow these words to glide beyond your lips while exposing your wounds once more. Do not add more rage to this situation; do not add more strength to the cage that confines you. Contain your words within your mouth and chew them over. Think about their flavor before you spit them out. You don’t want an argument and this conversation is directed towards conflict. Will your words build bridges or condemn dreams. Listen to the words around you. They are filled with venom and hatred and demand that you speak in an equivalent manner. Are these the words you want to speak? Is this the behavior you want to emulate? Decide carefully and avoid regret. Don’t speak these words.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Mythical Being

Mythical Being - Jina Wallwork

When you find that mythical being please show them to me. I am not referring to dragons or unicorns. I am asking if you can locate a human being with an easy life. A quick glance could deceive you, but delve deeper and you will locate their pain and difficulties. You will find a set of lessons which are perfectly tailored to their own weaknesses. You will find tears, sadness and a personal struggle. Life is rich with love, happiness and sorrow. You cannot expect a life to contain only beauty and wonder. I don’t understand where your jealousy originates. You must believe you have located a mythical being.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Greener

Greener - Jina Wallwork

I can see your beautiful green grass. It camouflages the soil completely. I cannot see your sweat deep within the earth, because I wasn't present when you prepared your ground. I can only see these beautiful results. If I could see the dedication, perseverance and struggle, I would feel no jealousy. Instead, I only see a grass that is greener than my own. With a superficial glance I imagine that your results came with great ease. I cannot see the fallen tears within the soil, because I was not there when you were frustrated by your difficulties. I cannot see the sacrifices you have made; I am blind to your journey. I can only see this moment and the success you have obtained. You could explain the struggle but I wouldn't listen, because it would only irritate me further. It would sound like a complaint. You would seem ungrateful of all you have achieved, moaning about the slightest obstacle that you have now overcome. Whinging about something I have always desired, but will never have. It would make my jealousy so much larger. You cannot explain your process because I wouldn't understand. You cannot share your journey with me. Your life is better; your grass is greener.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Shock

Shock - Jina Wallwork

It is such a wonderful awakening. Stale ideas shake nervously into nothing, while accepting their fate. We perceive the truth of a situation and we begin the process of accommodating our newly obtained knowledge. Beliefs and illusions fall away, replaced by a higher awareness. A complete shift of perception leads us to a better understanding of what the world really is. We are blessed with an additional piece of the puzzle, because we have been touched by truth. Lies only reveal what you expect to hear, but truth is electric. It demands your attention and you cannot ignore the sensation of its presence. Lies will always lead to stagnation. Truth is an unstoppable force that changes everything.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Papergirl Estonia and More


Self II - Jina Wallwork


Papergirl Estonia

Signed prints of Self II by Jina Wallwork, are included in Papergirl Estonia. The Papergirl concept originated in Berlin. It consists of an exhibition and then the work is distributed through U.S. style papergirls and paperboys.



25th April – 3rd May 2013 
'Papergirl Estonia' at Tartu Linnaraamatukogu kelder http://www.luts.ee/
Kompanii 3/5, 51004 Tartu, Estonia.



Update on the Sketchbook Tour
Some new dates have been added

26th-27th April 2013
'The Sketchbook Project' at Painted Bride Art Center http://www.paintedbride.org/
230 Vine st, Philadelphia, PA 19106, United States.


1st – 4th May 2013
'The Sketchbook Project' at Ideas City Street Fest http://www.ideas-city.org/
StreetFest takes place around the Bowery and in Sara D. Roosevelt Park, New York, New York, United States http://www.newmuseum.org/ideascity/view/the-sketchbook-project



a couple of locations on the tour have changed. The changes are below.



21st April 2013
'Upstate New York, Sketchbook Mobile Library Tour' at The Nyack Library http://nyacklibrary.org/
59 South Broadway, Nyack, NY 10960, United States.


7th-9th June 2013
'The Sketchbook Project' at Trinity Square in the Distillery Historic District
9 Trinity Street, Suite 200, Toronto, ON M5A3C4, Canada



Thursday, April 11, 2013

The Claws of a Mountain

The Claws of a Mountain - Jina Wallwork


There are some challenges that invite our presence. We are tempted by the view from the peak of the mountain. It exists within our imagination and we seek the dream. As we begin the climb our hands grip firmly into the rock face, while we focus on the result of the climb.

The claws of the mountain scratch our skin and our muscles ache from the constant effort. Focusing on an imagined dream is not enough to sustain the momentum needed for this difficult journey. Many fantasies are discarded as the climber returns to the foot of the mountain.

The person who focuses on a dream will not attain great heights. It is the climber that will always travel the furthest. They continue despite all the scratches, you could imagine that they continue out of dedication to a final result. Instead, they persist because it is who they are; it is what they do. Outcomes are irrelevant because this is their life. The peak of the mountain is out of focus, because the climber is concentrating on the next piece of rock. They do not imagine the sights visible from the peak, because they are watching the view alter with every step. They do not wish to know the outcome; they want to know the mountain.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Exhibiting in Sigean

Medusa - Jina Wallwork


A signed print of Medusa by Jina Wallwork is exhibiting in Sigean. The exhibition has been organised by artist Valentine Mark Herman. http://www.val-herman-art.eu/


12th April - 27th April 2013
'L'Art de la Carte Postale' at Médiathèque, 37 Rue du Commerce, Sigean, France

Upstate New York Tour

Loose Ends - Jina Wallwork

This blog has already mentioned that 'Sketchbook 2012' by Jina Wallwork, is touring the United States and Canada as part of The Sketchbook Project. A traveling collection of artists' sketchbooks. The tour has now expanded to include a tour of upstate New York. 5 dates have been added.


17th – 18th April 2013
'Upstate New York, Sketchbook Mobile Library Tour' at Monroe Community College http://www.monroecc.edu/
1000 E Henrietta Rd, Rochester, NY 14623, United States.

19th April 2013
'Upstate New York, Sketchbook Mobile Library Tour' at Upstate Artist Guild http://upstateartistsguild.org/
47 Lark St, Albany, NY 12210, United States.

20th April 2013.
'Upstate New York, Sketchbook Mobile Library Tour' at Columbia County Council on the Arts http://www.artscolumbia.org/
209 Warren St, Hudson, NY 12534, United States.

21st April 2013
'Upstate New York, Sketchbook Mobile Library Tour' at SUNY State University of New York, 
New Paltz Campus http://www.newpaltz.edu/
1 Hawk Dr, New Paltz, NY 12561, United States.

22 April 2013
'Upstate New York, Sketchbook Mobile Library Tour' at SUNY State University of New York, Purchase Campus http://www.purchase.edu/
735 Anderson Hill Rd, Purchase, NY 10577, United States. 

The sketchbook includes the images The Green LensesLoose Ends , Within Your Hands ,  Abstracted MindClick on the links for writing on each pieceIt also includes The Maze, Holding Myself Together, Dry Eyes, The Sound of Sorrow, Tied Together and To Deceive. Images that are included in the book Broken. The sketchbook can be viewed in entirety at http://issuu.com/jinaw/docs/sketchbook2012?mode=window

Oops. Forget to mention that another date was added to the tour. This is a bit late and I'm sorry if you've missed it. 

22nd March 2013
'Sketchbook Project Mobile Library' at TEDxRVA http://www.tedxrva.com/
The Power Plant Hall, 1001 Haxall Point, Richmond, VA 23219, United States.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Connections

Connections - Jina Wallwork

All those friends that have come and gone, I have loved them all. There have been times when we faced the same lesson, and it guided us to share part of our journey. Those connections have changed over the years. Some were severed abruptly. Some threads were cut by death, others divided by arguments and conflict. Those were the friends I loved but didn't understand.

Other friendships gradually faded away. The threads that connected us stretched with the distance, they became strained and inflexible. The days do not contain enough hours to accommodate the presence of all those I have loved.  I cannot carry them along my path, because I know that we are travelling in different directions. It would be selfish to ask them to make space for me and my personal journey. I grieve that they are no longer part of my life. That feeling of loss and sadness, it reminds me that all is not lost. They are here within my memories. They are not physically at my side, but they are a part of me. 

Connections is one of the images from Sketchbook 2012 which is currently touring as part of the sketchbook project visit http://www.jinawallwork.co.uk/exhibition/current_exhibitions.html for more information. 

Exhibiting at the Creative Arts Gallery

Dance - Jina Wallwork

Dance by Jina Wallwork is exhibiting at Creative Arts Gallery. This is a group exhibition of artwork on the theme of music. The exhibition has been organized by CASK Creative Arts of Shell Knob.

5th April 2013
'Music' at Creative Arts Gallery http://creativeartsofshellknob.weebly.com/
Bridgeway Plaza, Highway 39, Shell Knob, Missouri, United States


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

I

I - Jina Wallwork

Give me your eyes. I want to see life from your perspective, because I wish to understand you more completely. I want to feel your desires and assist you in your search for happiness. I want to know how you see the world. Tell me everything, and I will walk through the landscape of your mind and discover your reality. I want to hear your problems and search for solutions. I want to be a part of your inner world; I want to be a part of you.

I have your eyes. I know what you feel and everything you desire. I am lost within your inner world, isolated from my own perspective. My needs have been replaced by your own. I asked you to share your world, but you didn't make the same request. My world is camouflaged with silence. Between us there is not a true connection, because I have not retained all the pieces of my personality. I desire the space to be myself. This isn't something I should have to sacrifice. 

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Exhibiting at Colorado Mesa University Part 2

For part 1 click here
The Folds of a Rainbow - Jina Wallwork

The Folds of a Rainbow by Jina Wallwork is included in the book 4x6/6x4. The book was created to accompany the group exhibition at Colarado Mesa University. Jina is on page 8.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Exhibiting at Eden Court

Childhood - Jina Wallwork

This is a group exhibition to raise money for Camille's Appeal, the children's brain tumour charity. The drawing Childhood by Jina Wallwork is included in the exhibition. Click the following link to view or purchase http://www.eightbyeight.org/section643328.html#photos_id=10919978 

1st – 30th April 2013.
'Childhood Explored' at Eden Court http://www.eden-court.co.uk/
http://www.eightbyeight.org/ Bishop’s Road, Inverness IV3 5SA Scotland

Friday, March 8, 2013

Carried by the Wind

Carried by the Wind - Jina Wallwork 

We cannot control everything. The plans we make can always be disrupted. We can prepare the soil with care and take many preparations but as we scatter the seeds across the ground, they can easily be blown off course. Carried by the wind, they may travel beyond our care. Hard work and dedication can sometimes lead to nothing. You cannot rely on a single seed to grow tall and bear fruit; do not gamble on the success of a single project. Create many avenues; plant many seeds. Some will fail and others will succeed, but it is a process that will always leads to a harvest.