Thousands of years ago, the ancient Celtic peoples used to hold a great ceremony to commemorate the end of the harvest. This celebration took place at the end of October, between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice, baptized with the Gaelic word Samhain, which means “the end of summer”.
During the celebration, the inhabitants went up to the hills, disguised with masks, feathers and furs, to confuse the spirits that walked the earth that night and scare them away. It was considered the existence of a barrier that separated the human world from the supernatural, which could mix with the inhabitants on this night. For this reason, they used disguises to avoid being recognized by the ghosts and it was assumed that if the inhabitants of the other world felt welcome, they could protect them, otherwise they would be vengeful.
Paradoxically, these dates coincide with Christian ceremonies, All Saints’ Eve, which in English is “All Hallow’s Eve” and from there the word Halloween is born.
Symbols are born and are transformed, traveling the world and cultures. Letting them fly like my mind, on the canvas masked creatures dance between turquoise, sand and gold, wanting to scare away death.
This painting is made using acrylics, pigments, oils, acrylic aerosols, markers and synthetic gold pigment on canvas.