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.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Justice and Flute Players

Justice lecture 9 by Harvard University

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This lecture talks of Aristotle's view that people should receive what they deserve; the best flute players should receive the best flutes. It seems like an obvious reflection of fairness, yet it is an abstract concept. I find it abstract because of its simplicity. Society exists as a group and this concept of fairness presumes that the group understands the individual. It also presumes that the individual understands themselves. How many people have enough experience to know whether they would be able to play the flute? Who has enough self knowledge to know what they deserve to receive? We could end up giving people, what they believe they deserve. Can everyone tell the difference between, what they need and what they want? Aristotle has a good understanding of what is fair although he asks too much of society. Our society is not defined by a moral debate of what is right and wrong. Society is a large group of people attempting to exist in harmony. It evolves and changes with the understanding of the group. You cannot expect society to give you fairness. However if you take the time to understand society you will find a way of working in harmony within it. Through harmony you realize what can be achieved within the existing framework.

Justice by Harvard University To read my thoughts on earlier lectures click on the label at the bottom of the blog that reads Justice by Harvard University.

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.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Justice and John Rawls

Justice Lecture 8 by Harvard University

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"Those who have been favored by nature, whoever they are, may gain from their good fortune only on terms that improve the situation of those who have lost out."- John Rawls 

The difference principle recognizes that some people are blessed with gifts that others don't have. Therefore they can gain only if it improves the situation of those who have lost out. One of the students challenged this idea, based on the effort exerted in order to succeed. However, everyone puts effort into their life. Everyone is striving to overcome their own obstacles. I've never met a person who talked about how easy their life has been. I doubt I will ever meet one of these mythical people who possess an easy life. We all face our own challenges and we all achieve different levels of success. Not all include payment, yet this shouldn't define someone striving to be the best that they can be. Another challenge is that there would be no incentive to succeed. This is something that John Rawls defended.

"The naturally advantaged are not to gain merely because they are more gifted, but only to cover the costs of training and education and for using their endowments in ways that help the less fortunate as well." –John Rawls

I would like to add, that you explore your talents as an exploration of who you are. Sometimes there are incentives to be who you are and sometimes there isn't. In either case, you cannot choose to be someone else.

Justice by Harvard University To read my thoughts on earlier lectures click on the label at the bottom of the blog that reads Justice by Harvard University.

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. 

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