Despite the starkly minimal approach, the image has a wealth of associations—from an Ophelia drowning in love to a dream state or awakening consciousness, as well as evoking ideas of baptism and rebirth. The water is both pleasurable and dangerous. The water dissolves differences and returns us to unity—one of the first appearances of this theme in Robert’s work. In his watercolour technique, Robert plays with soft watery transitions and hard jagged edges. It looks almost as if the paper has been torn where the head emerges. The title is a tribute to Ovid’s collection of mythological tales, Metamorphosis, one of Robert’s favourite books.