Verklärte Nacht

59 1/2" x 106"
Acrylic on Canvas
Inspired by:
Schoenberg; Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4 (Transfigured Night)

Two people are walking through a bare, cold wood; the moon keeps pace with them and draws their gaze. The moon moves along above tall oak trees, there is no wisp of cloud to obscure the radiance to which the black, jagged tips reach up.

A woman’s voice speaks:
“I am carrying a child, and not by you. I am walking here with you in a state of sin. I have offended grievously against myself. I despaired of happiness, and yet I still felt a grievous longing for life’s fullness, for a mother’s joys and duties; and so I sinned, and so I yielded, shuddering, my sex to the embrace of a stranger, and even thought myself blessed. Now life has taken its revenge, and I have met you, met you.” She walks on, stumbling. She looks up; the moon keeps pace. Her dark gaze drowns in light.

A man’s voice speaks:
“Do not let the child you have conceived be a burden on your soul. Look, how brightly the universe shines! Splendour falls on everything around, you are voyaging with me on a cold sea, but there is the glow of an inner warmth from you in me, from me in you. That warmth will transfigure the stranger’s child, and you bear it me, begot by me. You have transfused me with splendour, you have made a child of me.” He puts an arm about her strong hips. Their breath embraces in the air. Two people walk on through the high, bright night.

Richard Dehmel
(English translation by Mary Whittall)

Featured art at Echo Chamber Toronto Performance
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"Best of all, I enjoyed the art installations by Toronto artist Paula Arciniega who managed to capture with directness and ease the transformative imagery of the evening’s night-time scenic inspirations. Her canvases literally captured themes of transfiguration through forgiveness, all cast in the darker hues and colours of the century’s early modernist subconscious turmoil, but here no longer hiding underground. Instead, Aciniega’s work burst forth in an array of visualized sound and painted music.

Her other painting, depicting Schoenberg’s Journey through time, space and atonality as psychological expression of the many forces within us, drew from modernist and even early futurist lines, but all in the spirit of an evening endowed with splendid, careful design, the kind of show that knows exactly how to describe the origins of a new artistic world. Here was music of Schoenberg and Hindemith played perfectly as though it had been composed only for a twenty-first-century audience to appreciate fully."
By Stephan Bonfield on December 3, 2018

The Rite of Spring  by  Stravinsky
With Permission:  2013 Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Recorded live in Roy Thompson Hall, December 4 & 6, 2008
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