The painting was inspired by the book The New Dark Age, Technology and the End of the Future by James Bridle. In a section of the book he discusses our obsession with, and unsustainable use of, the devices we use to communicate, which threaten the ecological balance; such as mining, the manufacturing of raw materials and processing capabilities which are destroying the environment. The pictorial reference are Baptists being blessed, half submerged in water to emphasise the idea of water levels rising due to global warming. The water is fractured by digital, abstracted shapes; it’s pixelated with vertical rain fragments or ‘Glitches’ to embellish the idea that the figures are saturated, awaiting to be plunged in to the maelstrom of digital feed. Whilst making this painting I was listening to Talking Heads Take Me to the River, with the lyric “wash me in the water”, seemingly emphasising this idea of cleansing and our devotion to be enveloped by the contemporary digital noise.