Thoughts About Time

Posted on: February 6th, 2017 by Carolyn Dix

My art piece Thoughts About Time is my first assemblage when I realized I have a recurring theme about “time.”

Time is locked; there are 24 hours per day and 60 minutes in each hour and if my math is correct this should equal 1,440 minutes a day. To me, 24 hours sounds like a huge chunk of time, but 1,440 minutes doesn’t. I’m not sure why my mind thinks like this. What sounds like the most to you?

In theory, it has been noted that we should spend eight hours sleeping every day, so that leaves 16 hours x 60 minutes which is the equivalent of 960 minutes.

So the question is: what to do with 960 minutes?

In order to stay alive our basic necessity is to eat. How long does it take to prepare and eat three meals a day? I don’t know how much time to subtract for that.

Now, if a person works at a full time job, we need to subtract another eight hours from the day plus time to travel to and from the work place. That translates to 16 hours minus 9 working hours which equals seven  hours x 60 minutes which now gives us 420 minutes that we have left for other things in our life such as church, time to spend with family and friends, and creative hobbies such as painting or reading, exercise, gardening, cleaning our living spaces and shopping to name but a few things to do.

You will note that circles on my art pieces about time, reflect the 24 hour time clock and also my thoughts about how time goes around and around and around with rarely an exit to just do nothing. The metal key on my art represents my wish to find a way to unlock extra time to follow my many, many, many interests.

I’ve always been fascinated with trees and wood so whenever I can I incorporate wood into my art. Years ago I completed a carpentry course at college followed by three years of woodworking and design.

So the conclusion is: Time is precious. Time is a fixed commodity and therefore we need to carefully choose art assemblage about timeour activities.