Felix Culpa: More Images of Bien's "Colorful Satan"
The Filipino artist Bienvenido Bones Banez, Jr. has sent me more photos of his lost "Colorful Satan" masterwork offering more images of a Satan who adds color to the world, Bien's variant on a felix culpa soteriology. Here they are, starting with the entire installation:
I'm not sure what the body lying flat on its back signifies . . . perhaps fallen mankind? Or fallen woe-mankind? I don't know (though I speculate more below). Anyway, here's a focus upon the Colorful Satan alone:
Here, in a darker version of much the same focus, Satan appears to be feeling a little blue:
Or, given this detail of the head (note the obvious grimace), very blue:
And now a detail of the groin (an unpleasant-looking nether region of a nether-regional):
Hmmm . . . as I peer ever closer, Satan appears to be of ambiguous gender. Be that as it may, Bien titled this now-lost installation "666 Man's Heroes," and I notice the plural, "Heroes," so both Satan and the body beside him are being described, apparently. I've suggested above that the body might symbolize fallen mankind, but I've also, tongue-in-cheek, suggested woe-mankind, as the body itself appears feminine, given those large breasts, so perhaps we're intended to think of Eve, who would seem to be in Hell, for fiery, wiry flames writhe upward around her fallen body, also around Satan. But Eve is traditionally considered saved, so the female figure is possibly the Book of Revelation's Whore of Babylon, an eschatological image in Christianity.
Perhaps some bold reader could investigate at Bien's website and clarify this point . . .