The Old Testament God is figuratively described as a “fountain of life giving water”. Thematically, wells reoccur throughout the text as meeting points, potentially breeding either romance or contention. My father converted to Judaism when I was a young child. As the patriarch, his decision dictated our family life in a way that was all-encompassing and unquestionable. This ultimately shaped my perceptions of masculinity and power as self-invention through enlightenment, even if this entails isolation from the outside world or from my own ancestral history.
The 3D lenticular representation of the limestone well is encased in a 6.5 foot steel monolithic box. This represents simultaneous patriarchal assertion of control and impenetrable isolation, along with the potential to be a life-giving entity and a source of deep knowledge. The second adjoined box is constructed of rows of semi-translucent nylon box quilts gradually conforming to the steel structure. This is representative of the roles that women often take on in organized religion and families, maintaining connections to the past while yielding to patriarchal power.