Rejuvenation

Rejuvenation is the act of invigorating or of making fresh again.  We all have many daily rituals centered around this idea, and our daily hygiene is an outward show of the meaning of rejuvenation.

In this image the woman in the mirror at a sink full of water alludes to the idea that she is cleansing her image of herself not just outwardly but mentally, too, in her attitudes and thoughts about life and about herself.

The round shape of the mirror and the sink has an egg-like quality, and the robin’s egg blue color adds to this affect.  The act of cleansing is a kind of rebirth like spring.

I think of this image in times of novel Coronavirus as a reminder to wash our hands! But I hope we can wash our minds, too, as the world is in need of a fresh, mental start, as well as diligent physical care. I had originally called this image “ablution” but no one knew what that meant. It means a kind of spiritual cleansing and I love that concept. None of these images are meant to align with any particular religious denomination, yet nearly all systems of religious practice have some kind of cleansing ritual like this. It is an important rite of passage, to let go of the past, free ourselves from the burden of feeling soiled and spent. We can start fresh again all the time, and especially now.

Published by Kate

I am an artist, thinker, writer, and maker of things of all sorts. I live in beautiful rural Vermont where I make things for beauty, necessity, and the betterment of the world.

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