King Agamemnon in drag as David Bowie
Handmade ceramic figure by Lulu Vandal, part of The Kings collection. A limited edition collection that presents heroes from ancient Greek tragedies in drag roles!
In Greek mythology, Agamemnon was a king of Mycenae, the the sonof King Atreus and Queen Aerope of Mycanae, the brother of Menelaus, the husband of Clytemnestra and the father of Iphigenia, Elektra, Orestis and Chrysothemis. When Menelaus's wife, Helen was taken to Troy by Paris, Agamemnon commanded the united Greek armed forces in the ensuing Trojan War.
Agamemnon returns from Troy with Cassandra as his trophey only to be killed by his wife Clytemnistra and her lover Aegisthus. Clytemnestra, who killes Cassandra, is said to have killed her husband because of her jealousy for Cassandra but also because of the sacrifice of her daughter Iphigenia and at Agamemnon's having gone to war over Helen of Troy. Aegisthus and Clytemnestra then ruled Agamemnon's kingdom for a time, until Agamemnon's son Orestes later avenged his father's murder, with the help and encouragement of his sister Electra, by murdering Aegisthus and his own mother Clytemnestra.
According to Lulu Vandal, Agamemnon is the only hero in ancient tragedy that was diagnosed with some kind of mental illness, Maybe though, she continues, he had no mental illness at all but was just ahead of his time and no one could understand him something that just drove him mad. So, I transformed him into David |Bowie so that he could finally start expressing himself.
David Bowie on the other hand, was a leading figure in the music industry and is regarded as one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. He was acclaimed by critics and musicians, particularly for his innovative work during the 1970s. His career was marked by reinvention and visual presentation, with his music and stagecraft having a significant impact on populat music. Born in Brixton, Bowie made it to the top 5 of the UK Singles Chart in 1969 with "Space Oddity. After a period of experimentation, he re-emerged in 1972 during the Glam Rock era with his flamboyant and androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust. The character was spearheaded by the success of Bowie's single "Starman| and album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Soldiers from Mars, which won him widespread popularity. In 1975, Bowie's style shifted towards a sound he characterised as "plastic soul" initially alienating many of his UK fans but garnering him his first major US crossover success with the number-one single Fame and the album Young Americans.
Bowie's songs and stagecraft brought a new dimension to popular music in the early 1970s, strongly influencing both its immediate forms and its subsequent development. Bowie was a pioneer of glam rock, but at the same time, he inspired the innovators of the punk rock music, bringing "sophistication to rock music". The biographer David Buckley called Bowie "both star and icon". |The vast body of work he has produced", he said, "has created perhaps the biggest cult in popular culture. ... His influence has been unique in popular culture—he has permeated and altered more lives than any comparable figure."
In ancient Greek tragedy, kings were presented in an incomparable, almighty way, untill Gods would decide otherwise dragging them into the most surreal situations. Lulu Vandal is dragging them into another direction! Into Drag (=dressed as girls literally dressed as someone that dresses like a queen in our case). In an attempt to humanize them.
Handcrafted limited edition ceramic dolls in approximately 18cms height and 6cms width,
Materials: modelling clay and acrylic colours
Modelling clay ,acrylic colours