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Limb of Theseus

 Limb of Theseus III, David. Oil on canvas. 80 x 80 cm. 2016. 2016.

Serie of oil on canvas inspired on the "Ship of Theseus" myth. Also known as "Theseus' paradox", is a thought experiment that raises the question of whether an object that has had all of its components replaced remains fundamentally the same object.It is a reflexion about identity and body. This paradox has been explored by many philosophers such as John Lock, Heraclitus or Plato among others.

In this series of painting I have portrait regular people and substitute some parts of their bodies for prosthesis. I try to not talk about the drama of removing a limb but use the human body as a metaphor of the fragmentation and flexibility of the identity.


Limb of Theseus I, Karen. Oil on canvas. 80 x 80 cm. 2016.

Limb of Theseus II, Mele. Oil on canvas. 150 x 150 cm. 2016.