The slaughter represented in the paintings of Algis Skačkauskas is in total contrast to Vikšraitis’s realism. Skačkauskas depicts animal slaughter as a mysterious ritual and mystical ceremony in which violence is replaced by the gift of self-sacrifice. His paintings contain plenty of symbolic images and religious themes.
In the painting Sacrificial Lamb a woman dressed in white, like a bride, is thrusting a sword into a lamb’s neck. The animal’s blood runs into a kind of gold goblet. These images remind us of the Catholic Mass. In the Christian liturgy, Christ, who has died for the sins of humanity, is called the Lamb of God, and his blood redeems our sins.
Skačkauskas’s drawings also produce a ritualistic mood. In them, humans, slaughtered animals and fantastic creatures make up a kind of multi-species community. Humans can take away life from animals and, so, may appear superior. But it is the animal’s unresisting sacrifice that ensures humanity’s survival.