I have a love hate relationship with time. I love and treasure it because it is my most valuable asset. I’m not certain how much I have but I am certain I can never acquire more. Knowing it is a scarce, uncontrolled resource compels me to use my time wisely. Even if I can’t affect quantity, I can still affect quality.
How will I use and share this asset? Maximize its meaning and utility in hopes of expanding its influence? I cannot increase the hours of my life but perhaps I can use them to create something that extends beyond my lifetime.
Ironically, the very reason I treasure time is the same reason I hate it: scarcity. It creates pressure and urgency combined with uncertainty. I am not in control although I wish I were. Did I choose wisely today or did I waste my most precious asset? The near-constant vigilance over my actions and choices is exhausting. I hate being constrained and controlled and that’s what time does to me. My symbolic rebellion is expressed by a clock that says “Whatever” and an hourglass that simultaneously flows both directions.
No doubt this challenge has evoked a strong reaction in me. Which facet of time shall I represent? What is time to me?
And of course: how shall I represent this in a quilt? Stay tuned and see. With time as our topic, I’m certain this Viewpoints 9 gallery will be compelling!