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I think I just realized why so many artists don’t title their work. It’s damn hard!!
I am working on my newest project, a full sim installation and I had a title, Ce n’est pas une peinture. The environment I am creating was originally inspired by my paintings. I wanted to deconstruct them in Second Life. (Hence the title inspired by Magritte.) I wanted to show the 3 dimensionality of them. I have heard that is what people want. Some ‘critics’ in Second Life (ok if there really are any critics) have a beef with 2D art. They don’t believe people should upload photos of their Physical art to show in Second Life. They believe that people should use Second Life as its own platform.
While I don’t agree with this reason of thinking, I did decide to play with the concept. I have created sculptures in Second Life before. I had fun with it and was most definitely inspired by my RL work. Specifically my paintings and mixed media pieces. I have one sculpture I called Making Connections which is inspired by the relationships I have had within Second Life. I dusted that off and re-appropriated it many many times in some ‘sketches’ I was playing with.
So I started working on my sim. I actually had some fun getting my hands ‘dirty’ so to speak. It has been a while since I have worked with object based art. I needed this. I decided to use my sim as a sketchbook. Playing with different ideas, rezzing objects, connecting elements and then deleting them. That was the best part. One night I had a couple friends over and we made 14,898 prims physical and watched them topple on top of us. That was art in itself. I only wish I could have filmed it.
Right now I am almost in a trance like work state. I have had 5 days off work and have hardly done anything but work work work. I know they say that is the best thing for artists, just work but, my back hurts and I woke up this morning with a sore throat and what I think is pink eye. Plus I haven’t eaten much more than ice cream for the last 5 days. I need a shower too. (Ok it isn’t that bad… I HAD to go out a couple times for supplies …LOL) Can I justify this as the artistic process? Is this my madness coming out? I sure hope so!! LOL
Here are some images of my yet untitled work in progress… (btw… it is supposed to be about learning to relax… yep, mostly for myself I think)