Kate StoneWellspring, 2020, archival pigment print, 30" x 45"
Wellspring is part of a photographic series and corresponding animation that describe an imaginary architectural structure. Its rooms are filled with odd arrangements of everyday domestic objects and fragmented landscapes - symbols of home, impermanence, the natural world and invisible forces. The project uses these psychological spaces to explore cycles of destruction and renewal. In Wellspring, a pedestal sink stands alone, surrounded by lush vegetation, alluding to a long lost bathroom that has become overgrown. Although the plants seem to represent life, some of them - the cypress, the corpse flower - are symbolic of death or grief. This piece was made prior to the pandemic, when the sink was simply a water source, giving life to the plants around it, but our current circumstances give the sink a whole new significance.