Ritual Action of the Ancestors

72" x 72"
Acrylic + oil on Canvas
In the painting "Ritual Action of the Ancestors," Paula Arciniega adeptly captures the sinister and bizarre ritual of the ancestors, cloaked in bearskins and perched upon their seats, as they ominously stare and await the sacrificial act. The rhythmic repetition within the composition progresses almost hypnotically, creating a captivating atmosphere. The proverbial virgin, transfixed as if under a spell, places herself into the center of the circle for her last and final episode. Paula's visual interpretation evokes the eerie tension of this ritualistic scene, inviting viewers to explore the complexities of the music and art intertwining within the canvas.
Ritual Action of the Ancestors  by  Stravinsky
Listen from  25:47  to  29:20
With Permission:  2013 Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Recorded live in Roy Thompson Hall, December 4 & 6, 2008
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