Art in Second Life 2022 (23) La Maison d’Aneli March 2022

On Wednesday, March 2nd, the latest exhibtion at La Maison d’Aneli has been opened. It features the art of Ceakay Ballyhoo, DekabristMouse, Junanuj, Tarozaemon Rossini, Vita Theas, Isabel Hermano and Antoronta.
I visited several times in the days before the offical opening.

Vita Theas used her skybox at La Maison d’Aneli for a space installation on a lower level and for displaying her pictures on the ground and upper level. The space level shows several celestial bodies. I recognized the milkstreet, asteroids and the planet earth. A figure is using the earth to ride on it like on a cannonball.
In the upper level the walls are used to display Vitao Theas’ pictures. There are stairs leading up to 2 places where you can sit and watch from there. Another stair leads to a woman with a dog who looks out of a window. And the pictures? A broad variety of pictures taken within Second Life (I think at least) and processed a little bit, either to monochrome or to blurr or to other effects.

Vita Theas is in Second Life since 2007 and has been a mamager of an art center for a decade. She has varied experiences as a maker of clothes and a builder within Second Life and she spends much time taking pictures these both for her creations and as art projects. As an arist she exhibited at several galleries and she participates in the Second Life Birtday events.
You can see some of her art also on Vita Theas flickr account and inworld at her gallery named “Vita’s camera“.

CK (Ceakay Ballyhoo) is in Second Life since 2008. CK is a SL photographer and watercolour artist. She has done several exhibitons and installations, alone as well as in collaboration with others.
In her skybox at La Maison d’Aneli Ceakay Ballyhoo features her pictures in a classic way along the 4 walls of the box. The pictures show landscapes, houses, and animals. They are all processed to make them look like watercoulour or like drawings and honestly it is hard to say if they are based on RL or SL pictures, yet I assume the base are SL pictures as CK is a SL photographer.

CK (Ceakay Ballyhoo) runs a store with her art on the marketplace named CKB Art, she has a flickr account, an own blog and she has an own gallery with an access to a beach – CK’s Corner.

Isabel Hermano is in Second Life since 2006 and describes herself as painter, digital artist, dancer and creator. She has been fascinated by painting and photography since her childhood. When the digital era started, her passion for working with a PC was growing at the same time. So it was just natural for her to discover her love for editing pics. She leaned by doing, trial and error and by a couple of tutorials. For her “the border between painting and photography is as fluent as between magic and reality”. You can see more of Isabel hermano’s art at her Isa’s Gallery.
She writes in the accompanying notecard “A three years stay in Chile gifted new stimuli and inspiration. I started to see my world with different eyes – the eyes of a painter and photographer

Isabel Hermano’s skybox at La Maison d’Aneli is about Chile. The exhibition is named “An approach to Chile”.
“An old Chilean myth tells us about the origin of this fascinating country: At the 7th day, when God looked at the world he had created, he found some leftovers like volcanos, glaciers, deserts, jungles, fjords and lakes. So he ordered his angels to throw them altogether beind some huge mountains, later known as the Andes…
Chile with its 4300 km of coastline is gifted with a breathtaking nature, almost all kinds of climate zones, belongs to the safest and richest countries of South America and produces excellent wines. But the true treasure of this country lies in its people and their open bearted kindness and hospitality.
I had the privilege of living there for three years and I fell instantly and deeply in love with Chile! My stay presented me with a whole bunch of inspirations and I’m forever thankful for it.”

Isabel hermano shows 8 displays dedicated to Santigo de Chile, Pablo Neruda, culinaria, Patagonia, Atacama, El Mar, Valpariso and Naturaleza. At each of these 8 display boards you find windows with Isabel’s art – digital art and photographs. It is like a little journey to this beautiful country!

Guille (Antoronta) is in Second life since April 2020. He writes in the accompanying notecard:
Guille (Antoronta) in SL, is the nickname of Antonio Guillén in RL, he is a doctor in Biology and professor of Natural Sciences in Spain where he works as a professor and as an altruistic independent researcher in different projects related to microbiology, the environment or the astrobiology. For a long time he has claimed to consider knowledge as a whole in which art and science interact, erasing their borders and forming part of the essence of the universe that surrounds us. His gaze focused on the microscopic world opens the doors to beauty on other scales that we do not usually access, and to the very nature of life.
Guille has won several prizes for her scientific photography and for his educational work. His flickr Water Project gallery is one of the main references to know the beauty and life of microscopic organisms.
In Second Life and together with Kimika Ying he has created a sim to publish the life of all these fascinating beings named “El Universo en una Gota de Agua” (The universe in a drop of water).

At La Maison d’Aneli Guille (Antoronta) exhibited a variety of his pictures that show these microscopic organisms, one more beautiful then the other, all very colourful. Nature is a real treasure! And I can only agree – the art and the science interact and the borders between them can blurr. A nice journey into another world.

Juna (junanuj), “former alter of Tani Thor, after a period of about 3 years in which she dedicated herself to role playing, has as main activity in SL since 2017, that of creating tattoos with the “Juna Artistic Tattoo” brand and from January in 2022 she becomes the sole owner of eBento – The Event -, a fashion event in SL.
Music is also an important element in her virtual life, in fact her affective union with Niovali Serrao led her to also take care of organizing DJ Nio’s musical evenings.”

Juna (junanuj) has a particular passion for landscape photography, and in 2021 Juna returned to taking pictures for purely personal enjoyment: “my approach to SL photography is as instinctual as all the things I do….uno, two shots at most, to try to capture that elusive emotion. My shots are worked with Photoshop, but trying to never distort the essence of the photo itself …

In Juna’s skybox at La Maison d’Aneli the pictures are arranged like under a dome. Due to the shape of a dome no picture is rectangular and you have to adjust your camera to see them without distortion. Many pictures have coloured lines or beams. What is irritating at the first glance makes them intriguing on the second glance.

Besides the tattoo store (inworld and on the marketplace) Juna has a flickr page, a blog and owns the eBENTO event.

Mouse (dekabristmouse) is a Russian art student who likes furry, space and fallout themes. Mouse is in Second Life since 2001. He runs a shop for space, ground and water vehicles and for furry mods – Dekabrist’s main shop and home. At his skybox at La Maison d’Aneli he displays 31 pictures, named Day1 to Day 31, all realized in Oktober 2021. Each drawing shows a Furry, a mouse or another fantasy being and is named accordingling – or shows a partiuclar situation and the situation give the name for the drawing. All characters are  created by himself.

Tarozaemon Rossini is in Second Life since 2007. He categorizes himself as an alien from outerspace, who landed in Second Life to do research about mankind. “In reality it seems that his main mission is to show off here and there his trademark dreadlocks. Occasionally, when he has time to kill, he improvised himself as an artist and architect.” And he’s not that bad in pretending to be an artist and architect. Tarozaemon Rossini’s faible for fractals can be seen in his skybox at La Maison d’Aneli.

Fractal art is usually created with the assistance of a computer. Right where you enter his skybox there’s a slide show in which Taro explains the basics of fractals from the scratch, from a simple line, to a complex fractal based on iteration of formulas which combine real and imaginary numbers. He furtheron lays out the different types of fractals. Knowing what’s behind the exhibited fractals they become even more fascinating.

I personally am a fan of fractal art and in Second Life are quite some artists with a passion for this kind of art. Tarozaemon Rossini pretends also to be an architect. Hence he built something particular to showcase his fractal art. Most of the pictures are levitating and rotate permanently . In the center of his skybox is a huge 3D object, a flower (also fractal art?) and there’s an extra floor, from which you can firstly see the blossom of the flower and secondly can have a clower look at some non rotating fractals at the walls of his skybox.
You can see more of Taro’s fractal art at his flickr page.

La Maison d’Aneli is owned by Aneli Abeyante. Through her gallery she brings together all forms of creativity in RL and SL and the featured artists come from around the globe. Aneli’s intention is to “put her gallery in the service of artists, so that the world can be better, exchanges and meetings probably contribute even though it seems to be particles.
Thank you for another great joined exhibtion, Aneli. As always I enjoyed my visit and writing about it. It inspired me.

Landmark to La Maison d’Aneli
Vita Theas flickr page
Vita Theas gallery “Vita’s camera”
CK (Ceakay Ballyhoo) store CKB Art
CK (Ceakay Ballyhoo)’s flickr page
CK (Ceakay Ballyhoo)’s blog
CK (Ceakay Ballyhoo) gallery and relax place CK’s Corner
Isabel Hermano’s Gallery Isa’s Gallery
Guille (Antoronta)’s flickr page
Guille (Antoronta) “El Universo en una Gota de Agua” (The universe in a drop of water)
Juna (junanuj)’s Artistic Tattoo Main store
Juna (junanuj)’s Artistic Tattoo on the marketplace
Juna (junanuj)’s eBENTO – The Event
Juna (junanuj)’s flickr
Juna (junanuj)’s blog
Dekabristmouse’s main shop and home
Tarozaemon Rossini’s flickr page