Water

I have begun to think about the significance of certain symbols in religion. Water has a central place in the belief of religion; mainly for it’s purifying qualities. Almost all Christian churches have rituals involving the use of water.

The use of water is important for it’s symbolic value in that it cleanses and washes away dirt and fills everything it enters. In the early church baptism was usually performed with the person standing in water being poured over the upper part of the body. This was called ‘immersion’, but today the term refers to the method of dipping the whole body under water. In most western churches today the rite is performed by pouring water over the head three times( affusion) and sometimes sprinkling water over the head ( aspersions.)

For my work I have photographed different bodies of water ( lakes, sea, swimming pools) as I am interested in the qualities of flow and movement. Today I began a large watercolour study of water attempting to capture this sense of flow and movement.

“He looked at the water and saw that it was made up of a thousand thousand thousand and one different currents, each one a different colour, weaving in and out of one another like a liquid tapestry of breathtaking complexity.”

Salman Rushdie, Haroun and the sea of stories, 1990image image image

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