In Mauricio Cervantes' recent body of work Ablutions and Bathers: a woman's body is celebrated both as a site of sacred power, and of blatant sexual energy that is a force akin to spiritual power. In the same way men and women who live across thousands of generations on Earth are formed by the same genetic structure, the common ingredients: blood and water.
Performing one's ablutions, the act of washing oneself, is a ritual purification that is a feature of many of the world's religious practices. The aim of these rituals is to remove specifically defined un-cleanliness, especially prior to the worship of a deity. Much like the ceremonies and rituals alluded to in the creation of these paintings, blood, water, residues, cleansing, cleaning, all aspects of survival or rituals of biology, common ingredients across cultures and individuals that tie the viewer of these paintings, through the use of color and material, to ancient and active rhythms of existence that transcend the material to assess the spiritual.