Monday, February 27, 2012

Day 21

'Day 21' by Jina Wallwork

The past is a beast which constantly follows my steps. It is the devourer of time. I must constantly travel forward knowing that I am hunted. I watch the past as it is consumed. It is never lost, although I cannot return to an earlier point in time. I cannot enter the belly of the beast. It stalks me and yet it cannot attack. I am within the moment, constantly travelling forward. I know that in the future my life will cease; the beast will take me and this life will then belong to the past. That day is not today. Without taking a step, I am constantly moving through time. When I practice stillness, I notice the illusion that it contains. We are all travelers. This day is ours.

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

Sunday, February 26, 2012

The Secret Dawn

'The Secret Dawn' by Jina Wallwork

I could not see this day coming. I thought it existed only as a fantasy within my mind. As the sun rises in the sky, I can see my dreams take form. There is real substance to them. I had no idea that life could be this amazing. I wonder why this dawn hid from my view for so long. There were times of sadness, where knowledge of this day would have filled me with comfort. Next time life is difficult, I will know that the future holds a new dawn. I will not have to see it; I will not need to know the details; I will know that this is the nature of hope. 

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Exhibition at Colorado Mesa University

'Tear Apart' by Jina Wallwork

'Tear Apart' by Jina Wallwork, will be included as part of a group exhibition at Colorado Mesa University.  

"All proceeds benefit the Art Department Legacy Campaign at Colorado Mesa University to establish a permanent endowment for the Art Department. This endowment will be established for the purpose of supporting a variety of Art Department programs including visiting artists, exhibitions, equipment purchases and other events that directly support the efforts of the Art Department at Colorado Mesa University to educate their student body."-Statement from Colorado Mesa University

20th February 2012 – 23rd March 2012
'4x6/6x4, A Legacy Campaign Charity Event Exhibition' at Colorado Mesa University
1100 North Avenue, Grand Junction, CO 81501, United States.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Art of Lourents Oybur

'Alien' by Lourents Oybur

Complexity and elegance is a feature of Oybur's work. The alien is a soft and smooth sculptural form. Every abstracted muscle is shaded to beautiful effect. The use of white creates highlights, that bring the piece to life. It is the white within the forground that holds the figure as the focal point. It captures the joy, within complex abstracted shapes.

'I Am On My Way' by Lourents Oybur

'I Am On My Way' reveals Oybur's complex visual language. It is almost like vieweing a persons individual dreamscape. It can't fully be understood by anyone other than the artist. The title reveals that the man on the steps is Oybur. Placed in the foreground of the image, he is given little prominance. The location highlights his small scale as he contemplates the next step. This painting speaks to me of fear. This is also highlighted by the spider rushing towards the viewer. The spider reminds me of both, fear and the creation of traps. The women appears out of reach, with elements of a bird her wings are outstretched. The piece reveals Oybur's vulnerability. I wonder if the piece speaks to me because I share the same vulnerabilies. I can relate to the common story and emotion within the work.

The composition and design of each piece is amazing. Beautifully structured the images have depth, interest and complexity. I want to explore all the symbolism as I roam through Oybur's wonderful inner world.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Day 20

'Day 20' by Jina Wallwork

This day reveals a snapshot of the world around me. I can sit amongst the flowers and admire their beauty. As I look back through a string of many days, I know that I have seen those flowers open up. I have seen the world change around me but it has happened so gradually I can only see this in hindsight. It is not only nature that has changed. The world has grown in culture and knowledge. Each day must have contained amazing people, each delivering their gift to the world. I am in awe of everything our species has achieved. We have made mistakes, perhaps they are merely aspects of our journey. Without failure there can be no success. They are both part of the same process. As human beings I can see all our shared growth within the world around us. It is magnificent and this is only what I can see, on this single day. It is a snapshot of all that we are capable of achieving. I am thankful to be a part of such an amazing species.

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

Sunday, February 5, 2012

A Twist of Elephant Skin

'A Twist of Elephant Skin' by Jina Wallwork

I will open my heart time and time again. With every word of love, I add a twist of elephant skin. I know the consequences and pain that can be inflicted, when I share the love that I feel. I'd like to say that I am prepared for any reaction but it is never true. My skin has grown thick and difficult to penetrate but my heart is always vulnerable. I know what love is; I know that my heart cannot be protected. It is designed to break, so I can learn how much love I am capable of giving. A large heart is always prone to pain and suffering. When broken into pieces it can love through a small section. We can choose to love through a single beat, rather than risk a heart that is whole. To love through a single piece would be so much easier. However, if my heart is incomplete then so am I. Lessened by my inability to give myself completely, I would be a fraction of who I am now.

I look at my heart and it is still whole despite its experiences of attempted mutilation. My heart is strong and I have no desire for it to change. It can experience pain and suffering but I will not allow it to break. I like the person who I am, when my heart is whole. I feel proud that I will not compromise my feelings and risk hurting another. My heart will not break and it will not change. I am whole and that is important. I believe that it is a good aim in life, to be the best that you can be. It is something that allows space for all of your strengths and weaknesses. I would measure success, by how much love I am capable of giving. I don't see how it could be understood in any other way. Everything is pushed into insignificance, when it comes against the importance of love. You need to ask how much love you are capable of giving, because the answer will reveal how much love you can be. Sometimes we need others to break our hearts so we can have an excuse for not risking a heart that is whole and complete. In reality other people cannot break your heart. They cannot shatter the core of your being; your heart is a part of you. It can only be broken from within.

I no longer wish to play this game, where my heart is attacked and then I allow it to break in order to minimize the pain. Give me all that you have, every cruel word and thoughtless act. I will not change who I am. Aim for my heart and attempt to break it because you do not have that power. I may cry and become filled with sorrow. At times the pain may feel all consuming. I will allow myself to experience it, without it changing who I am.

'A Twist of Elephant Skin' (detail) by Jina Wallwork

Friday, February 3, 2012

Day 19

'Day 19' by Jina Wallwork

I can see the sun travel across the sky. Its light reveals the golden beauty within each moment. I do not wish for this day to end. It contains so many wonderful moments; I hope my eyes are capable of perceiving their greatness before they pass. This day does not contain a major event, to feed my excitement. This day is filled with a collection of tiny joys, an array of simple pleasures. There is nothing different within the events of today. I perceive them differently because I feel content. I look within my heart and I discover a new appreciation of all that surrounds me. I feel as though I am blessed, and because of this I view the world as a blessing.

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