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Triad, 2018




Oil on unstretched canvas. Three masked men wrapped in colorful robes, disproportionately large in relation to the landscape: mountains (probably a valley), rivers and streams that flow down, ending in a lagoon or a pond, with an island of mountains in the middle. Ascending, a black snake, possibly breaking the chain that holds a maroon pennant. At the top, an imposing moon and a diffuse firmament adorn the dark sky. What is behind this apparently symbolic act full of small meanings? The masks can carry us to a shamanic and sacred context, wrapping the scene with an aura of mystery and providing the narrative with a special connection with something deep. The masks endow the wearers with a temporary link with the spiritual world, a bridge materialized in the ritual that is about to happen. A temporary shelter for ancient gods, a path or a vision towards something ethereal and powerful. But are they masks? Or are they the gods themselves who have come to the world to perform some ritual? Have they come to spill their heavenly blood on the life-giving spring? The serpent, as an ancient metaphor of creative and destructive energy, can embody the totality. Emerging from the waters, it can be the manifestation of the birth of the cosmic message, the giver of life. But it can also be the personification of the expulsion from paradise (the mountainous island in the middle of the lake), in this case a completion message, the termination of the sacred pact (breaking of the crimson pennant). Then, like the beginning and the end, alpha and omega, it can be concluded that there is a connection with the absolute and that which exists beyond understanding. For many peoples a lake is a symbol of the portal of the dead, the liquid that transports souls to the other world. Represents a heavenly communication, as the ancient Chibcha people did, using the sacred lagoon of Guatavita (a couple of hours from Bogotá), over a perfectly circular mountainous depression, as a ritual place of worship in which large amounts of gold and in which the Zipa (supreme ruler) was submerged covered in golden dust. These stories would give rise to the legend of El Dorado. On the surfaces of the world's lakes and ponds, the sky and the firmament are reflected, like a celestial eye observing from other dimensions of the psyche. Like many ancient knowledge full of enigmas, there will never be a satisfactory answer but instead millions of interpretations.

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105.00 x 71.00 x 1.00 cm | 41.34 x 27.95 x 0.39 in

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