John Dickson


The vortex is a phenomenon that occurs at a range of scales: water going down a drain, the swirling of a hurricane, the movement of stars around a black hole.  It seems to be a fundamental structural form. A vortex can be destructive but is also transformative, the centre acting as a passage between two states. The dark character and associations of the black whirlpool in Font, and its unexpected presence within the baptismal font, contrasts and contradicts the idea of baptism, which one associates with purity, regeneration, and innocence. 



Materials: epoxy shell water ink painted plywood pump

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