Updated: Jul 19
This painting is called "La Bendición", which means "the blessing" in Spanish. It represents my interpretation of a blessing, where a spiritual warrior is giving a blessing to a masked woman holding a xoloitzcuintle. This work is from a series I did in 2019 called "Sacred Dogs and Their Shamans", a contemporary mythology about spiritual transformation. It was launched in October from the gallery my concept, Galería Nepantla in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato Mexico, to give a new perspective to the spirit of the Day of the Dead.
THE MEANING BEHIND "THE BLESSING"
The shaman wears a helmet filled with all of his healing herbs. The branches of "Schinus Molle", known as "pirule" is an evergreen tree commonly found in Mexico. It is used in cleansing rituals to clear out the evil spirits that hijack our conscience and our heart. A crocodile skull is found within the foliage. Crocodiles are a common symbol of death in Mesoamerica in the mythologies of the Americas.
The gold pin attached to his red cape is the 4 directions, a common practice among healers to ground an individual. The marigold, known as cempasúchil, used on the Day of the Dead, for its strong smell.
IT'S NOT ABOUT THE REVOLUTION. BUT THE EVOLUTION!
The shaman and the masked woman are modern archetypes who fight and overcome the personal conflicts that lie ahead. The woman wears a "mountain pass", which means "ski mask" (inspired by the Zapatista revolution) to be a symbol of protest, the protagonist of one of the first art series called, "Legends of the Realm of Nepantla" 2007-2017. In her arms, she holds an easter lily, a symbol of death and resurrection, and a xoloitzcuintle. This breed is the most beloved dog in Mexico, who 500 years ago was buried with its owners during funeral rites, to be guides to the afterlife. She is ready to go on a journey of self-transformation.
By the way, if you like "The Blessing", it is available in limited edition Giclees.