Dante's Eighth Ring, the Malebolge, is an arena like structure that houses and punishes those who commited the sin of Fraudulence. Separated into 10 "Bolgia's" or ditches, each layer addresses one of ten unique acts of fraudulence with a specific punishment.
When considering these ten ditches and punishments, I chose to paint the Eighth Ring as a "deciptych" (10 canvas), with each canvas representing one of the ten Bolgia's.
I consider fraudulence (or at least certain forms of it) to be common themes in my paintings. This is why I chose to use my bear as the Eighth Ring's resident and victim.