Godbold & Wood have been working in collaboration since 1984. Their two projects prior to this new work were the result of a comission by the Artangel Trust, and were shown at Cambridge University's Kettle's Yard Gallery and at a specially modified shop front in Old Compton Street, Soho. The latter comprised a very convincing peep-show facade, with the "show" directly viewable from the street.
Striking Water From The Rock (theare of authority) incorporated a novel projection technique which rendered images visually elusive and unphotogenic. The complete installation juxtaposed this technique with more conventional modes of depiction in order to represent different forms of power in the conundrum of sexuality. In referring to voyeuristic games in a melodramatic and alluring way, the spectator may be drawn into the work's reflexivity. Sadly, there may be those who feel disenfranchised by the Eurocentric, phallocentric and essentialist nature of the work. This is an unavoidable irony which results from the caredully ironic treatment of the subject matter.
Similarly there is a deliberate tension between the actual installation and its title. By making a literary reference to Moses at Horeb, (and to Confucian metaphor) the very foundations of patriarchy are presented in a poetic, yet oblique way. The lyricism of the title gives immediate encouragement to the viewer, whilst leaving the riddle unsolved.
This text is taken from the press release for Striking Water From The Rock, February 1987.