Some of my recent work looks like vertical columns of rain with reference to the topical issue of the British suffering the worst and sustained amount of rainfall for over a century by January 2014. The flood defenses, or lack of them, is a metaphor for our own ‘defenses’ (psychologically, emotionally, economically etc) that have been breached.
Art can require an immersion, a flooding of one’s senses etc (very Victorian), to glean life’s most important principles. When the flood retreats, we can see the watermark and the devastation below and beneath our defenses. Perhaps all artists believe they will leave their watermark on Art.