Waterrad Van Het Leven
(Waterwheel of life)
‘Waterwheel of life’ is another piece that explores the connection between water and the lifecycle as well as the idea that life can only exist if we possess the four basic elements: water, earth, air and fire.
In this work, the waterwheel in the middle represents the basis of a cyclical water stream during which the water undergoes transformations.
The water is depicted as flowing into a female form, refering to a pregnant woman with amniotic fluid indicating fertility. From her head it flows to the hand which holds a goblet filled with the elixir of life (in previous works the Elixir of life is said to be water). From the goblet, the water pours onto the clouds below forming a small lake where it eventually becomes rain and falls into the cornucopia below. The cornucopia has an inner stream of water that completes the cycle and enables the waterwheel of life to spin.