Day 6 by Jina Wallwork
Day 6 by Jina Wallwork
This is one of the most difficult of days. I keep reminding myself that with each moment, this day is coming to an end. I pass through the hours with the best mask I can find. I pretend that everything is fine because I want this day to drift beyond the memory of those around me. I don’t want tomorrow to consist of constant reminders of the difficulties within this moment. I don’t want to experience a set of conversations that will emotionally position me within today’s events. I feel drained and exhausted. As I prepare for bed, I’m filled with a sense of relief. I can tell myself that it is over, and I can greet a new day. In the future, I hope that I will come to understand why this needed to be so difficult. These emotions of disappointment and sadness cloud this day, making it difficult to see why life needed to be so hard. Why did this day need to be so terrible? I ask myself these questions, but I know that a single day cannot explain itself. When we pass through a time of difficulty, it can only be understood by placing it within life’s journey. Focusing on a difficult moment out of its actual context reduces your ability to understand. A day can be magical or a tragedy, but the journey contains all days. The entire array becomes a truly phenomenal experience. Only within this context can I understand how this awful day is a piece of perfection.
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.
Not all of the artwork from this day is on the website. Buy the book My Visions of the Universe and view the whole series and more.