About the painting
13 Water Tap
Tucked away in a corner of the Claydon Estate Courtyard, you will find this simple tap. It’s inexpensive, brass and functional. In the grandeur of its setting, it is invisible and yet essential.
I see this tap and the symbolism it conveys.. It’s a everyday water tap and that says that all. Water is essential. There is a worldwide campaign to provide clean water to every single person on the planet. It’s one of the basic human needs, along with food and shelter. It’s a necessary for all life. See the green areas of the painting? Even when we create areas of hard brick and path, life will find a way if water is present.
There’s a hose strapped to the pipe. We can’t see where it leads but we know the types of functions it could be for, washing, watering plants or drinking. Water is even used in the construction of the buildings around it.
The tap is set against an orange/red background. The wall reflecting colours associated with heat and fire. Look closely to see the textures and patterns on the wall and tap. Notice how the lines and cross hatching are used to create the shape of the tap and the hose pipe.