Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Swimmer

'The Swimmer' by Jina Wallwork

Faith will often take you to where you need to be, rather than where you choose. It will drag you through sorrow and hardship because it knows that you will grow and learn from the experience. When you  feel that you cannot take another step, faith will teach you to swim.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Knot at the Brunswick Street Gallery

'Knot' by Jina Wallwork
The image 'Knot' is being exhibited at the Brunswick Street Gallery, as part of a group exhibition.

21st December 2011 - 13th January 2012
'40x40' at Brunswick Street Gallery,
322 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, VIC 3065, Australia.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Day 16

'Day 16' by Jina Wallwork

Remnants of the night haunt this day. I woke from a nightmare and now I feel shaken. I begin this day with a moment of fear that heightens my awareness. I have an expectation of danger that is accompanied by an uneasy relief. I am no longer within the nightmare and yet it raises many questions. I search through the symbols it contains and I attempt to understand. It is as though I have allowed the night to extend into the day. The boundary that lies between day and night is not solid. We cannot divide time with abrupt boundaries, as we always carry many things from the past. I feel as though, the nightmare was a scream from a past memory. It is a memory that I must carry forward. We ignore some lessons at our own detriment. We attempt to throw away aspects of the past when they are often valuable teachers. Without an understanding of the past, the future seems random and meaningless. The past allows us to place events in context. It creates an awareness of our life's purpose and meaning. It allows us to understand our own process. Sometimes we cannot let go of an event, until we have defined its purpose and value within our life's story. It doesn't matter how unpleasant the experience was. There was a reason why we traveled through the nightmare. We must remember its content as we approach a new day.

'27 Days' is a series of transient sculptures each representing a day. To find out more about the series click here

Friday, December 16, 2011

Day 15

'Day 15' by Jina Wallwork

On this day I will hold my tongue. I will not speak from anger or sorrow. These are transient emotions that will pass in time. Perhaps, tomorrow I will no longer feel this bitter disappointment. Maybe, I will discover a new understanding that will explain the behavior of those who have caused this hurt. I will not speak today as I know it will only lead to future regret. No words will pass these lips because I need to know that my words will not be infused with anger. I will not regret today. It will not burden me as I travel forward. I cannot react to cruelty with anything other than silence. Tomorrow I will locate a space in which I feel the freedom to speak.

'27 Days' is a series of transient sculptures each representing a day. To find out more about the series click here

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Day 14

'Day 14' by Jina Wallwork

I have experienced many days. As this new born arrives I question how it will perceive this day. I know it will become buried deep within its memory. Forgotten, it is still an event that was experienced. On our first day we connected to the world around us. We must have held a perception of life on the first day we were born. Even if that perception was an emotional understanding of what it means to be alive. As our perception of life alters over the years, our initial understanding seems completely lost. Life must have seemed difficult to understand. I wonder if we made the attempt or we simply trusted our instincts and felt safe.

Maybe, we forget our first day because it is unnecessary to know how we previously understood life. As I search my thoughts, I find it easier to access memories rather than old beliefs or attitudes. Sometimes we are reminded by another and yet we cannot rediscover the perspective. It seems impossible for an adult to perceive life from the viewpoint of a baby. Life means something different to all of us. We do share a common link, we all seem to understand that life is important and valuable. I wonder if a baby feels this is true, on the first day of its adventure.

'27 Days' is a series of transient sculptures each representing a day. To find out more about the series click here

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Art of Law Wai Hin

'Birch Grove' by Law Wai Hin

There is elegance within these pieces. They have a soft delicate nature that is balanced by a strong composition and solid structures. In the piece 'Birch Grove' the blue of the river creates a vibrant and solid aspect to the composition. It is bold and dynamic and still my eyes are first guided to rest upon the mountains in the distance. This is because the color does not dominate even though it is striking. The Blue is balanced with the yellow in the foreground and the small use of black on the right hand side, anchors the colors and balances the picture. The picture is also balanced by the combination of vertical and horizontal elements. There is a grid based composition but each line is dynamic and bends to allow for interest, and the diffusion of what is a very structured composition. 

The piece 'The Heron' shows a greater degree of subtlety, the dominance of white creates a sense of peace and this is enhanced by the controlled use of color. The nature of the color white, makes it difficult to occupy a dominant position because it enhances every color by its side. White brings other colors to the foreground and yet Law Wai Hin has created a composition that holds them at bay. The structure of the white trees cuts through the bold green demanding the dominant position. The green is a very strong color, he has not attempted to lighten its shade to ease in the creation of the image. He makes structures so bold that the strength of the green is overpowered. 

These images are so beautiful and emit a sense of calm and serenity. This is created through the use of color and how the images are balanced. There isn't a hint of aggression or frustration, there is only calm.

'The Heron' by Law Wai Hin

The website of Law Wai Hin:

Sunday, December 11, 2011

The Vagrants by Frederick Walker

'The Vagrants' by Frederick Walker
There are some wonderful small details within this piece. Of particular note is the wonderful brushwork within the twigs. The difference between each piece of wood allows for a series of contrasting brushstrokes. It is a wonderful range of mark making that is located within a small space. The smoke is also captured beautifully, it has the right level of transparency and movement. The range of ability perceivable within this small section is amazing.  

'The Vagrants' (detail) by Frederick Walker

You can also view this image on Google Art Project where you can zoom in to all the details click here.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Day 13

'Day 13' by Jina Wallwork

Time passes so quickly. There are so many things I wish to do. I keep thinking that I will always have tomorrow. What a magical day tomorrow must be; in my mind it contains every possibility and desire. My vision of tomorrow inspires me, life could be many things. Tomorrow seems far removed from what can actually be accomplished within this moment. As I plan for tomorrow each day brings it closer towards me. Tomorrow is not simply another day. Tomorrow contains endless possibilities, and its perfect companion is the practicalities of today. The tomorrow that exists within my mind could never arrive without the encouragement of my actions today. Strive for greatness and inspire tomorrow to be everything that it can be.

'27 Days' is a series of transient sculptures each representing a day. To find out more about the series click here

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Feed the Birds

'Feed the Birds' by Jina Wallwork

The early bird may get the worm but there is always more food wriggling in the soil. There is never a single worm living alone. It is never too late. It does not matter if you were not the first. Watch and study others because they will teach you. Each lesson is revealed within the events that unfold. It will allow you to learn about the process. When you are ready, hold on to your courage, claim what is yours and take flight.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

The Early Bird

'The Early Bird' by Jina Wallwork

Within a single day you may see the early bird devour the worm. Witness a moment of success where the bird obtains the prize. I wonder how long it took the bird to train as a hunter and to fly with skill. It began in a nest completely unable; it had a great deal to learn. It contained all of the natural instincts and gifts but expression of those skills did not begin on this day. To view every attempt this bird made, we would need to view its entire life. We would need to look beyond this moment. A victory is not obtained within a single event. The bird began this process long ago.

Friday, December 2, 2011

The Art of Holly Friesen

'Blood of the River God' by Holly Friesen

This painting beautifully depicts how water reflects colors. The scene is being captured from two different perspectives. This is because water is used as one of the subjects within the piece, its natural qualities allow for a different perspective of the landscape. The sky is within the waters, bringing light to the image. The reflections within the water are not just symmetrical, there is movement within the surface of the water and the image is adapted to express that difference. Holly drifts into abstraction and also manages to retain composition and realism. This is a realistic image yet it contains flare and personality. It is wonderful painting that explores a connection to the landscape.

Holly Friesen's website: