Saturday, February 27, 2010

Grief and Erich Fromm

"To spare oneself from grief at all cost can be achieved only at the price of total detachment, which excludes the ability to experience happiness."- Erich Fromm

I find great truth in this quote from Erich Fromm. It makes me think of another truth, we don't detach from other people, grief is something we all experience. It is a time when we feel lonely, yet it is a path that we all walk. You are never alone.

The Thoughts of John Locke

"I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts."-John Locke

An unexpressed thought can not be acknowledged by others. They are unaware of what they cannot hear or see. If it is an important thought it must be expressed. We can never expect others to understand our inner workings. We can only be understood by our words and deeds.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Nietzsche and God

“I cannot believe in a God who wants to be praised all the time.”-Friedrich Nietzsche

God must be very wise to have made people who do not believe in him. God made the decision to create people who would not show praise. It shows a God whose decisions contain no connections to an ego. If God demanded praise, we would have been made as believers. There would be no skeptics.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Thinker by Auguste Rodin

The Thinker by Auguste Rodin
Photo taken by Jina Wallwork, San Francisco

'The Thinker' is brilliant in its simplicity. For me, it is the equivalent of being asked to draw music and drawing a single musical note. The simplicity allows for a universal connection. It is immediately understood by all, that the man is thinking. In concept there is simplicity. In creation there is a great technical skill. It is a beautiful object.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

How to Conquer - Gandhi

“Whenever you are confronted with an opponent. Conquer him with love.”-Mahatma Gandhi

Love finds a path to understanding that we would not find on our own. The opponent's defensiveness falls away. When we make an attempt to understand we discover the perspective of another. You can only conquer with love, if you are brave enough to be vulnerable, and willing to face the possibility of being wrong. When we conquer with love, we conquer ourselves.

Underwater Sculptures

Underwater Sculptures by Jason de Caires Taylor

Sculptures show very effectively that they are a part of their surroundings. A piece of art can not escape nature asserting its position. Even if this is simply, how the sculpture appears in snow, rain, or sunshine. By placing the sculptures underwater, nature is given a free reign to interact with the art, and to redefine it. These sculptures were designed to create an artificial reef.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Plato and Fools

“Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.”-Plato

Finding wisdom in the words of fools is a valuable gift. If we presume there is no wisdom in a 'fool', we then become a fool.

The Meaning of Life

In Albert Einstein's 'The World As I See It', the meaning of life is discussed at the beginning of the book. In my book 'Death and Rebirth', the meaning of life can be found on the last page. At this time I would like to discuss Einstein's thoughts on the meaning of life.

"What is the meaning of human life, or of organic life altogether? To answer this question at all implies a religion. Is there any sense then, you ask, in putting it? I answer, the man who regards his own life and that of his fellow creatures as meaningless is not merely unfortunate but almost disqualified for life."-Albert Einstein

In a very polite manner Einstein implies, those who do not find meaning in their own life or the lives of others, are unfit to receive the gift of life. In taking this stance Einstein falls into his own trap. He takes on the role of the person who does not see meaning in the life of another. He refuses to see purpose in the life of someone, who cannot see meaning and value in the lives of others. He then becomes the person he condemns.

Death and Rebirth by Jina Wallwork is Out Now

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

When a Painting Becomes Jazz

The musician Ted Nash has created music based on famous paintings. In this collection of videos he talks about the process. I find it interesting how he has interacted with each piece, to create a place where music and art come together. The blending within the process is both art and music. The outcome of the project belongs solely to music. Through the process art and music connect, and then they divide as the piece is resolved. It raised so many wonderful questions in my mind, I had to share these videos.





Van Gogh



I would never have realized how big the link is between, Jazz and Jackson Pollock. I don't think any other form of music could capture his work.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The Art of Ferdinand Hodler

Youth Admired by Women
by Ferdinand Hodler

Hodler paints great figures. Every line creates structure and it is a conscious approach. They are very light and beautiful images. The composition is structured, deliberate and staged. The image above could easily be placed within a play. There is an over dramatized feel to the work. I love its theatrical essence.

There is a series of paintings where his work changes into something very different and personal.

The Sick Valentine Gode-Darel
by Ferdinand Hodler

In 1913 Hodler's mistress, Valentine Gode-Darel, was diagnosed with cancer. He spent hours at her bedside painting. The image above is at the begining of her decline, it isn't posed, it is real. Hodler is dealing with reality and trauma. He reacts in the only way he knows. He reacts in a way that allows him to cope. I find much comfort in painting and I can understand why he needed to paint these images.

Valentine Gode-Darel
by Ferdinand Hodler

Valentine Gode-Darel
by Ferdinand Hodler

The paintings document her suffering. He seems to be frantically holding on to what time she has left. Holding on to every moment regardless of the pain it contains. Documenting it and expressing it completely in all its horror. He knows there will be no more time once she is gone. He focuses on every moment, and stretches it out by analyzing every aspect.

Valentine Gode-Darel (one day before her death)
by Ferdinand Hodler

The Dead Valentine Gode-Darel
by Ferdinand Hodler

Even after her death he paints an image of her. A constant reminder that she is gone. Hodler has an amazing and magical inner world and that is revealed in some of his painting. These images are different. Here he allows this stark painful reality to enter his world. He does this with every brush stroke. It is his path towards acceptance.