Edition: 25
Medium: Printed original
Materials: Giclee Print on museum quality metallic paper

Size (cm): Small (30x45cm), Medium (50x75cm), Large (61x93cm)

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Ashes by Lex Mayhew

About this piece: This contemplative piece draws inspiration from Bowie’s ‘Ashes to Ashes,’ delving into the shadows of human experience—capturing themes of addiction and the relentless march of time, and the transition from life into death in the mortal realm. These intricacies were absorbed into its programming. As a result of grappling with these existential, dark human realities, the Bowie Bot adopts a demeanour that mirrors both priestly solemnity and the melancholy of a clown, further shaped by cultural references associated with profound human subjects.

Sorrow intertwines with themes of life, death, and religion—a deliberate introduction of essential human elements into the cybernetic fabric of the Bowie Bot’s existence.

This series of original artworks invites us to imagine the new personas David Bowie would have embraced in his immortal existence through a series of cybernetic resurrections. Renowned for transcending conventional identities through his innate ability for fluid change, David Bowie defied the confines of the mortal realm, transcending time and space. Infused with Bowie’s diverse interests, passions, and experiences, his spirit serves as the guarding force in the exploration of the ever-evolving nature of self.

Simultaneously the project investigates the nature of existence and consciousness, confronting the timeless question: Are we merely intricate biological machines shaped by genetic programming and life experiences? As advanced technological systems continue to evolve, their capacity to adopt our personas and potentially attain sentience grows. This raises the tantalizing question: Can these systems truly become us, serving as vessels for our very souls? This thought-provoking endeavour invites us to contemplate the boundaries of human identity, the influence of emergent technologies, and the enigmatic nature of our existence.

Edition of 25

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