Siberian Ribbons

A performance of Domenico Scarlatti’s Sonata K27 by Mikhail Pletnev


A Brief Statement on Siberian Ribbons
Scarlatti’s Sonata K27 is a work I have painted at least twenty times, by dividing it up into four parts, each with multiple iterations. The variations in performances of this sonata are very diverse and its meaning is richly developed. I am not sure what it is about this sonata that has made it so compelling to so many musicians, with the exception that it bears whatever you bring to it and gives it back in a different form. This iteration takes on the colors of a NASA EROS satellite image of Siberia with blue ribbon lakes branching out into rivers, creating a massive green delta as they flow.