Monday, March 28, 2011


'Atlantis' by Jina Wallwork

Atlantis is a symbol that represents all that is lost and yet continues to exist. Peering into the ocean, you cannot see its floor. You could presume that the ocean is endless. The ocean floor exists but you cannot see it. There is so much our eyes cannot see. Beyond perception there exists a larger reality. In the image, the rocks of the ocean floor exist within the surface of the ocean. Two different perceptions are occupying the same visual space.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Small Connected World

'Small Connected World' by Jina Wallwork

This painting explores the concept of how your perception of the world can be altered by the connections you make. A connection to a person on the other side of the world can make that distance seem smaller. When you are aware of the connections between people and places, everyone seems to be within reach. If we have fewer connections to others then the world seems vast. Our perception alters with the connections that we make to both people and places. We never fully seem to acquire a full perception of the actual size of the world. The world has been measured and we can learn the numbers, but our concept of the world's size always seems to be in flux.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Green at the Tinney Contemporary, Nashville

'Green' by Jina Wallwork

Influenced by the abstract period of Philip Guston and other abstract expressionists, I began to think more consciously about the act of mark making. The use of gesture has appeared in my work before; however I began to think of those gestures as being a unique movement and expression of self, rather than simply an aspect of my technique. A gesture can't be shaped or repeated exactly and I began to find this very interesting. In this piece I explored the contrast between soft brushstrokes against sharp brushstrokes. The soft brushstrokes were created with long soft movements and the short brushstrokes were created with sharp and immediate actions. The process appears within the aesthetics of the work. It is a balance between two complete opposites.

Green will be on show at the Tinney Contemporary as a part of the '80Square' exhibition.This exhibition is sponsored by the MTSU and the Tinney Contemporary. Money raised from the exhibtion will go to the Middle Tennessee State University, Department of Art Scholarship Program.

19th March 2011
'80Square' at Tinney Contemporary
237 5th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37219, United States.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The Art of Franz Xaver Messerschmidt

'A Hypocrite and Slanderer' by Franz Xaver Messerschmidt

The above image is from the 'character heads' series. Messerschmidt is an amazing artist. He seems to understand that you never fully see the structure of a face, unless you have seen the many expressions it is capable of. The ability to express an emotion through a slight movement completely alters the face. Messerschmidt is exploring each expression and the complete series reveals a true face. 

click Franz Xaver Messerschmidt from Newgray to view the video on vimeo.