Tuesday, June 28, 2011


'Growing' by Jina Wallwork
The seeds have been planted and I wait to see the glorious flowers. My patience grows because I can do nothing to alter the speed. I cannot force growth; I can only explore it. We cannot choose to grow; we simply exist within the act of growth. The flower is not focused on the end result; It exists within the process. We are all growing and that requires patience.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Snakes and Ladders

'Snakes and Ladders' by Jina Wallwork

I'm playing the game that exists between us. I learn the rules and then within a breath they change. The board begins to shape shift and I find it difficult to know which game we are playing. It seems so chaotic and the pieces keep changing size. Can we stop playing games and be serious for a moment? Are we avoiding a real conversation where we reveal ourselves, honestly and truthfully? How can you possibly know who I really am through the game that we have constructed. Can we not interact in any other way? The game needs to end. It does not need to change because I do not wish to replace one game with another. We need to talk because I no longer wish to play.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

The Core of a Tree

'The Core of a Tree' by Jina Wallwork

Beautiful tree, show me your branches. Reveal what those leaves casually conceal. Show me what is within your mighty tree trunk and let me see your inner workings. Show me where you connect to your soul and allow me to see the core of your being.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Twittering Machine

'Twittering Machine' by Jina Wallwork

This is my version of 'Twittering Machine' by Paul Klee. It was painted during a time when I was trying to find my voice. It is reflective of the process of learning how to express yourself. The original piece by Paul Klee features mechanical birds that are controlled by a hand crank. They are twittering machines with no source to their expression other responding to the actions of others. In my piece the mechanical birds became flowers on a landscape, and beneath the soil is a glimpse of the giant heart that fuels their growth. Speaking is easy because you can talk and reveal very little. To express the core of your being is more difficult. To say what you really think and feel is a hard task. An important aspect of expression is the act of revealing your own truth. Don't create mechanical responses but reveal yourself in the words that you choose.

To see the original image by Paul Klee click on the link http://www.moma.org/collection/object.php?object_id=37347

Monday, June 20, 2011


'Dove' by Jina Wallwork

An image created with the love of peace. Although you cannot create peace, you must become peace. If you do this then no one can destroy your sense of peace. You cannot be lead into a fight that goes against your nature. Do not fight for peace because it cannot be done. Peace is not an end result, to be obtained through any measures. It is a way of life that is reflective of who you are.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Friday, June 17, 2011

Triangle Tide

'Triangle Tide' by Jina Wallwork

Many simplistic structures come together. The origin of pattern begins with the repetition of simple structures. They adopt a formation that becomes more complex the larger the number. This painting captures the simplicity that exists before complexity. I'm trying to find the line between the two. When does a concept become difficult to understand? When you express an idea you must begin with its basic components, and then move to larger perspectives. Start with a basic structure such as the triangle. Then view how it connects to other elements. A triangle tide reveals a small number in formation, yet the original triangle can still be seen and understood. Then reveal the greater concept; the triangle tide becomes the triangle ocean.

Thursday, June 16, 2011


'Triangle' by Jina Wallwork

Basic shapes are the beginning of form and structure. A simple shape contains unlimited potential. It is the first element of any visual construction. Triangles, a blank page, a square, each of these are a part of the beginning. At the end of most paintings their simplicity becomes lost within the complexity. The triangle reflects the simplistic elements that are the origins of a piece.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Monday, June 13, 2011

The Snake Keeper

'The Snake Keeper' by Jina Wallwork

Influenced by 'The Seated Demon' by Mikhail Vrubel. Also influenced by the digestion of cruel words.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

After Dali

'After Dali' by Jina Wallwork

My version of 'metamorphosis of Narcissus' by Salvador Dali. To view the original painting by Dali, visit the Tate website at the link http://www.tate.org.uk/servlet/ViewWork?workid=2987&tabview=image

Thursday, June 9, 2011


'Joined' by Jina Wallwork

There is a level of permanence to all connections. Once a bond emerges it cannot be severed. Relationships change and distance can occur but you are forever joined. We are influenced by everyone we have ever connected to. We are reminded of words spoken and time spent together. Even when we grieve; we are reminded that a part of who they are remains within our character. We learn from their mistakes as well as our own. When they shared their thoughts, they  became intertwined with our own. When we think of our own opinions and beliefs, we are reminded of theirs. They become a constant presence within the thoughts that we hold. You can connect in a moment and then you are joined for the rest of your life. There is no distance, only connection.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Lost Thoughts

'Lost Thoughts' by Jina Wallwork

This piece is based on Michelangelo's image of the prophet Jeremiah. In my version, this old man is trying to find his thoughts. When the memory is lost a thought seems impossible to access. The preservation of a thought can only be achieved through creation. The thought must adopt a permanent form. Once it exists as an object, it can no longer be lost. Michelangelo created many great pieces of art and within his mind would have been many thoughts of different projects. Some will have reached completion but others will have existed only as a thought and because of this, they are now lost to us. You cannot leave your thoughts to future generations; unless they take form in the world.

'The Prophet Jeremiah' by Michelangelo

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Twist and Turn

'Twist and Turn' by Jina Wallwork

As the image forms I am reactive to its construction. This is an organic process and the pen travels along the paper, without me holding a destination in mind. As each line is created it alters every possibility of what the final image could be. There is no plan to what I am creating. There are many twists and turns in the process. I am adapting, reacting and nothing is forced. It is a process of free flowing creation.


'Spin' by Jina Wallwork

It is an act of movement, a gesture. If one million people were asked to spin, every action would be different. No two people would create an identical spin. When ink hits the paper, the gestures are my own. They cannot be duplicated with precision because we all move differently. There is something magical within those differences. I move the pen across the paper in my own unique way. I do not attempt to follow a course set by another or a design constructed by what my eyes can see. I allow the pen to travel. My whole body does not move to create a dance or spin. The tiny actions within the movement of my hand, they create the image. Those movements seem much larger when I focus my eyes on a small section of the page. It feels as though I am involved in a much larger action. Such as a spin that would involve my entire body.