Art in Second Life 2020 (33) Roadside by Melusina Parkin

For my simploring tour on Sunday, May 24th, I picked “Roadside” an exhibition of Melusina Parkin from scoop.it SL Destinations. The entry referred to a blog post from Inara Pey “Melu’s Roadside images in Second Life“. I came across Melusina just once so far. I saw an exhibtion of her at “The Last Forever – Marfa” (read here) back in 2017. Inara Pey’s blogpost made me curious to see her newer work under the title “Roadside

Roadside by Melusina Parkin at Melusina Photo Gallery

The exhibition is on a one room gallery above Melusina Parkin’s store for Art Deco furniture called Melu Deco. All the 4 walls are used to display the roughly 25 pictures. Melusina is in Second Life since September 2008. She has been a fashion manager, a journalist, a furniture creator, a builder, a decorator and a photographer. Her work as a photographer has been showcased in more than 50 exhibitions – from which I saw just the one back in 2017. Melusina has a flickr account which counts more than 12,000 (!) photographs. I know myself how SL pictures add up over time – my hard drive contains 45,000 pictures, but of course there’s a lot garbage amoung them.

Roadside by Melusina Parkin – Impressions (1)

Melusina wrote about her exhibtion “Roadside“:
Diners, motels, pump stations, garages are elements of a “road popular culture” developed in wide spaces crossed by monotone and endless roads. We can’t imagine a motorway without them. (Remark: that is clearly related to the US *winks*)
Like mountains, hills, fields, lawns and rivers, they are part of any landscape we see when traveling through the country. They can be simple wooden buidings or kitsch painted ones, and their neon signs light up the sides of the road we’re traveling, promising food and drink, bed and rest, warm fireplaces or refreshing airconditioned rooms. Smell of fuel and of fried eggs mix up in their surroundings, announcing a close stop.
They take care of our bodies and of our minds, but even of our mechanical horses.
But they’re even more: they tell us that we’re at home, that we’re not alone in the intimidating natural landscape, in the desert, in the snowy land.
From Jack Kerouac to Easy Rider, road novels and movies made their sets of them, so they settled in our minds as obvious elements of our way of life.
The mirrored world of Second Life couldn’t renounce to sprinkle them all around, and this exhibit has the aim to show how fascinating can be this roadside world.
Enjoy it!

Roadside by Melusina Parkin – Impressions (2)

The above text is from a notecard that you can grab at the exhibtion. In the notecard Melusina also writes about her style as a photographer: “Many of my photos tend towards minimalism, that’s my main inclination: catching a simple detail from daily life or usual landscapes, enhancing it, making it protagonist of mostly empty scenes. This reveals its meaning or can push the observer to give it her/his own. Minimalism stresses void, space, geometries: you can be confused by that, but you can also been led to meditate about what things are when they are out of the crowd. Finally, I take and edit some of my photos in a vintage mood. Second Life makes old times live again and it pushes me to enhance my passion for reflections about past and present, absences and losses, nostalgia, love or hate for the past. But the main feature of my works is the lack of human beings: usually, you can’t see people in my pictures, although they are. Since a virtual world is made by its users, not only objects and buildings, but even nature, landscapes, skyes and clouds are made by them; they express people’s bias and souls.

Roadside by Melusina Parkin

I couldn’t describe Melusina Parkin’s pictures any better than she did herself. Looking at them is intriguing and like Inara wrote in her post, you begin to make up your own story when you dive into the pictures. You can also see Melusina’s focus on small details. Finally, her pictures did remind me of my many visits to the US and the wides spaces as well as what I saw at the roadside.

I enjoyed my visit. The exhibtion “Roadside” shall stay open at least until End of June 2020.
I finally had a look at Melusina’s store “Melu Deco”. It offers Art Deco furniture, lamps, rugs and home accessories. Many of the items are copies of famous 1920-40s designers’ objects.

Roadside by Melusina Parkin – Impressions (3) / a view into “Melu’s Deco”-stire

There’s a lot more about Melusina Parker and her photographs not only on her flickr page. Melusina has an own blog for her work, there’s an online book with pictures of some of her exhibitions in Second life from 2011 – 2019 and you canwatch some slideshows on Melusina’s youtube channel. Quite impressive! Thank you Melusina.

Landmark to Melusina Photo Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Time%20Portal/248/101/1940
Landmark to Melusina Parkin’s store for Art Deco furniture “Melu Deco”
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Time%20Portal/243/99/1930
Melusina Parker’s Flickr:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/melusina_parkin/
Melusina’s blog:
http://meluphoto.blogspot.it/p/home.html
On line book Second Life exhibits 2011-2019
https://www.calameo.com/books/005997622f28dd58ca75d
Melusina Parkin’s youtube channel
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVzglBiqhrOLXnAp3Qt3Zjw
Inara Pey’s blogpost “Melu’s Roadside images in Second Life”
https://modemworld.me/2020/05/20/melus-roadside-images-in-second-life/

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