Pieces

Ink drawing by Jina Wallwork
mixed media art by Jina Wallwork

Pieces 1 - Jina Wallwork

Pieces 2 - Jina Wallwork

Life is a constant passage through points of stability and moments of change. Not all change is welcome and when it arrives it delivers an explosive force. It can shatter a life into many tiny fragments. The forces of destruction break all that we hold dear and we find ourselves focusing on every fragment, trying to understand its shape, in a desperate attempt to return all the pieces to their previous position. We struggle to locate every section, because the past cannot be recreated. There is a precious moment of realization where you cease to gaze at what is broken. There is space for something else to be created. The future is waiting and in this moment we choose the pieces we would like to carry forward. Every decision involves a sacrifice. As you hold on to one piece you lose space to carry another. It is from within this chaos that we make decisions that reveal deeper truths about who we really are. Our choices become shaped by instinct and emotion. As we clumsily reach a decision, we also reach out to the pieces that we have chosen to retain. In that moment we realize that the choice is not ours and we must surrender to the changes that are occurring. As we pick up a fragment we experience the horror of watching it crumble into nothing. We scoop up the pieces and we blow away the dust of what is now lost. Life is forever changed. Out of those fragments we rebuild our lives and discover new pieces that had never been present before. Life is always changing, so you can either accept the process or allow yourself to be overwhelmed by every disruption. I try to remember that life is always whole even when it seems to be in pieces.

Ink drawing by Jina Wallwork
mixed media art by Jina Wallwork