Time, Travel & Trepidation



In very real-time my husband is currently polishing his sculptures in situ at the Brick Lane Gallery ready for the opening tomorrow evening. He travelled down yesterday with a man and a van and his sculptures. He has also just been to look at the bronze age foundry where he has a piece being cast at the moment. He is on the phone to me now as I write! Walking back from there now to the gallery. So it is all happening just now. I am holding the fort at home! The facility to write and then it immediately be published is amazing. My husband is able to find his way around because of modern technology (other wise he would be lost – map reading not one of his talents!)

Five years ago today we were in a mix state of emotion, getting married. I say that because it is a happy euphoric day but you approach it with trepidation some how. How time rushes by. All the events and changes that have happened in between. Last week was tense, I have never seen anyone so nervous about something which ultimately they no longer have control of, perhaps that’s part of the problem. Things that are out of our control make us worry. However, there is the thought of being interviewed or asked questions and in his second language and having time out of running the business so there is a lot going on. Logistically getting the sculptures down to London and back again is a mission and perhaps next time we will have to think of having a run of exhibitions that they can be showcased at a number of places to make the travel time more purposeful.

These images are of a piece I have already put up but they display a different angle and it is one of the sculptures in the exhibition. Actually these images are better in some ways, more interesting angles. We are complex beings aren’t we? Why do we get nervous, apprehensive?

Interestingly, Trepidation is also a term used in astronomy for “oscillation in the precession of the equinoxes” (the earth’s axis of rotation). Oscillation is the repetitive variation, typically in time, of some measure about a central value (often a point of equilibrium) or between two or more different states. We know about the swinging pendulum and AC power. Oscillations occur not only in physical systems but also in biological systems and in human society. Therefore, we oscillate between the state of anxiousness to excitement. Here to the excitement of the opening of the exhibition and the years ahead of us of happy marriage.

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