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 façade I can manage. I pretend that everything is fine because I want this day to drift beyond the memory of those around me. I do not want tomorrow to consist of constant reminders of the difficulties that exist within this moment. I don’t want to experience a set of conversations that will emotionally position me within the events of today. I feel drained and exhausted. As I prepare for bed I am filled with a sense of relief. I can tell myself that it is over and I can await a new day. I hope that on another day I will be able to understand why this needed to be so difficult. These emotions of disappointment and sadness, they cloud this day and it makes it difficult to see why life needed to be so hard within this moment. 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 the journey of life. When you focus on a difficult moment out of its true context, it 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 amazing experience. It is only within this context that I can understand this awful day as 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.