Day 8

The image shows a piece of artwork by Jina Wallwork. It is an ink and watercolor drawing of a daily meditation. Stylistically this piece of artwork has links with abstract art.

Day 8 by Jina Wallwork

The image shows a piece of artwork by Jina Wallwork. It is a photograph of a daily meditation created using stones. Stylistically this piece of artwork has links with land art and earthworks.

Day 8 by Jina Wallwork

Day 8

I have a list of things to do. Plans for this day were arranged before its presence. Each task was prioritized and my time was divided accordingly. I thought I had planned for everything, and then a conversation makes me aware of emotions that I have been trying to ignore. I can feel my voice shake and I begin to cry. I become unable to complete the tasks of the day. I realize that I had been placing my emotions at the bottom of my list of priorities. As my emotions push themselves to the top of the list, I collapse within them. I know that this time is not lost, this time is important because it contains an acknowledgment of sorrow. If I cannot be fully aware of sorrow then I will also be incapable of recognizing happiness. This day has been a worthwhile journey into my emotions and I feel a sense of healing from the tears that have fallen. I did not plan for the occurrence of this day. It could not be avoided; it was needed above any other day and it could not wait.

27 Days

27 Days is a series of transient sculptures each representing a single day. The sculptures are made from natural materials where stones are shaped into different patterns. My behavior shapes the nature of each day, how I move the stones shapes the sculpture that represents it. These temporary sculptures are also meditations upon a day. Over many days we can see patterns emerge and slowly life changes, but within a single day this pattern is elusive. We are making decisions and responding to life’s challenges but we do not know what we are creating. To meditate upon a single day is an act of consciously observing your life as it unfolds.

Artworks were then created from the photos of those transient sculptures. Those works represent viewing each day with hindsight. There are similarities, but the memory of the day is different to the experience within the moment.