It is not a Rivera is a Lucin; this subject I have been holding for years. Further info it represents life dangers. Related to human beings in general, for it has to do with how fragile we are. There are many symbols and anecdotes where the idea came from and became a meaningful theme.
The name is originally from the indigenous Chaco in New Mexico, Anasazi’s descendants. Then there is another first version, called “ Redemption,” which apologizes to all those poor dead souls. Further, the model kneels in a fetal position, portending its next step to free its soul.
A spontaneous subject goes through many ideas to become his own. Back to the concept, the bull, in exhaustion, rests its head down, waiting to stave the person in front. At that point, the portrayed man without shoes is ready to enter heaven, a catholic tradition symbol of purity. However, on the other hand, his entity is at risk. The whole scene symbolizes fear of the dead, besides the eagerness for humankind to risk Life. We are very connected to how sensitive and fragile our Life is. The excitement of feeling dead knocking behind our backs makes us feel alive, at least for a second. Hence, respect exists on the other side of us; we are ready to accept our presage. By removing our shoes, we are revering out pureness to enter the holy ground.
On the other hand, considering feedback from people, some have seen the bull horns as a halo. Finally, others comment as evil and accept it as a part of Life.
In conclusion, one moment, we are here, and the other, we may disappear. Anything else does not matter anymore. Problems are gone, and from here is one step to mortality.
“Chaco” Size 24″ x 16″ Oil on Canvas 2002
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