|SCREAM, oil on canvas, 48 x 60 inches
Raul Deodato Arellano's SCREAM is a quartet of screams. It is a chorus, as in Greek tragedy, of agon and strophes in lament.
Against a blue both lyrical yet cold, the figures in his painting are waves that cry out the spirits under the waves: the
drowned. It evokes with its swooping rising movement the desire to live, and crying out their histories: the drowned boats
with migrants in them trying to cross. Two creatures rise up as waves but in transformation of their shape they become wave
becoming cradle becoming boat, child, embodying spirits of the damned, screaming out their histories in remembrance. Think
Vietnam, think Syria, think the boat people. Think the crossing into Hades and shadows while the indifferent transponders
of the powers watch, waiting to strike. Here, think the silent scream of the dead, swallowing stars to be remembered...and
the light that is now fire of burning cities.
~ Anton Juan