Bowzantine Angel


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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Bowzantine Angel by Lex Mayhew

About this piece: In “BOWZANTINE ANGEL,” the transformative vision of David Bowie as a cybernetic celestial being unfolds. Drawing inspiration from Byzantine religious art, the piece portrays Bowie as an ethereal entity, his hair interwoven with mechanical elements, forming a halo reminiscent of spiritual auras in classic religious paintings. Surrounding his body is a meticulously crafted
tapestry of individual cogs, representing a myriad of potential influential elements.

Within his body, these cogs are absorbed and integrated, becoming part of his mechanical physiology—interlinked to function as a unified system. This integration allows the bots to move and express through Bowie’s body. This cybernetic angel transcends time and tradition, prompting reflection on the convergence of technology and spirituality in the ever-evolving
landscape of identity.

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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