acrylic, ash, canvas, 180 × 140 cm
This painting dates from Balabán’s early period. Its economical composition and sombre atmosphere express his disapproval at the surfeit of colours and visual culture that was typical of the 1990s. The imprint of two copulating figures serves as a matrix inscribed into a cosmic space, expressing the archetypical principle of conception and rebirth. The cycle of life, and the Biblical “dust you are, and to dust you will return”, are accentuated by the use of ash on the painting’s surface.