Art in Second Life 2022 (53) “made of memories” by Boudicca Amat at DixMix Gallery Lounge

At Dixmix Gallery Lounge a new exhibition has been opened on June 4th: “made of memories” by Boudicca Amat.

It is a small exhibition featuring just 8 portrait pictures of Boudicca. “made of memories” shows her, always in front of a red/brown neutral background, in all portraits but one she’s with red hair. Nontheless you have to look twice to see that it is one and the same person.  When you hoover your mouse over the pictures you get a thought, a title for each picture, for each memory – and memories form a personality. For example, right at the entrance Boudicca is shown wearing a Ukraine flag tattoo on her cheek and the title is: “… so very far from normal”. Try it with the other pictures …
It is a small but thoughtfully selected exhibition of portraits.

Impressions of “made of memories” by Boudicca Amat

I came across Boudicca Amat in August 2020 the first time, when I saw her small exhibition “5 Times Boudicca” at “The 22 Art Space in Bellisseria” (read here).
Boudicca is in Second Life amost 15 years. She writes about herself and her art in her profile:
I make pictures. I make them for my own amusement, they have no deep meaning,
I’m not trying to ‘say’ something – I use my mouth and my typing skills for that.
For me they are an exercise in arrangement, lighting and effects. Sometimes it works ……sometimes it doesn’t
And from the rest of her profile I can tell Boudicca loves to read, to talk and to write at least as much as making pictures. As for her pictures I can only say, I like them. You can find more of her art at her flickr account.

Thank you Dixmix for providing and curating the Dixmix Gallery Lounge. And thank you Violet Boa, who does the PR work for the Dixmix Gallery Lounge and who is always helpful for me to gather information.
Thank you for your art, Boudicca, I enjoyed my visit.

Landmark to Dixmix Gallery Lounge
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Lawaii%20Myst/31/202/2254
Dixmix Gallery flickr
https://www.flickr.com/groups/dixmixgallery/
Boudicca Amat’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/10585546@N04/

Art in Second Life (35) Alice (mostly) Doesn’t Live Here @ The 22 art space in Bellisseria

The 22 art space in Bellisseria, Second Life, is promoting an exhibition “Alice (mostly) Doesn’t Live Here” comprised of visual interpretations of selected Lewis Carroll poems running from April 01, 2022 through June 20, 2022.

Each artist chose one or two poems from a predefined list and created imagery based on their interpretation of the work. The works are composed by artists: Boudicca Amat, Trinity Yazimoto, Whiskey Monday, Ricco Saenz and Randy Firebrand.

Impressions of “Alice (mostly) Doesn’t Live Here” @ The 22 art space in Bellisseria – Boudicca Amat: “Miss May Forshall” and “Only try” / Trinity Yazimoto: “My Fairy” and “All in The Golden Afternoon”

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (27 January 1832 – 14 January 1898), better known by his pen name Lewis Carroll, was an English author, illustrator, poet, mathematician, photographer, teacher, and inventor. His most notable works are Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass (1871). He was noted for his facility with word play, logic, and fantasy. His poems Jabberwocky (1871) and The Hunting of the Snark (1876) are classified in the genre of literary nonsense.

Carroll came from a family of high-church Anglicans, and developed a long relationship with Christ Church, Oxford, where he lived for most of his life as a scholar and teacher. Alice Liddell, the daughter of Christ Church’s dean Henry Liddell, is widely identified as the original inspiration for Alice in Wonderland, though Carroll always denied this. Scholars are divided about whether his relationship with children included an erotic component.

An avid puzzler, Carroll created the word ladder puzzle (which he then called “Doublets”), which were published in his weekly column for Vanity Fair magazine between 1879 and 1881. In 1982, a memorial stone to Carroll was unveiled at Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey. There are societies in many parts of the world dedicated to the enjoyment and promotion of his works. (source wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lewis_Carroll)

Although Lewis Carroll may be best known for his Alice character in prose, in the selection of poetry for the exhibition Alice is rarely mentioned. She is hiding in plain sight in one of the images however.

The exhibition consists of 10 pictures. Each picture is dedicated to a poem/text, that you can read just below of the picture. The pictures and the poem are a unit, they fit together. The poem are mostly funny and made me smile, in particular together with the pictures, example given “Brother and Sister” which is the poem for Boudicca Amat’s “Only try”:

“SISTER, sister, go to bed!
Go and rest your weary head.”
Thus the prudent brother said.

“Do you want a battered hide,
Or scratches to your face applied?”
Thus his sister calm replied.

“Sister, do not raise my wrath.
I’d make you into mutton broth
As easily as kill a moth”

The sister raised her beaming eye
And looked on him indignantly
And sternly answered, “Only try!”

Off to the cook he quickly ran.
“Dear Cook, please lend a frying-pan
To me as quickly as you can.”

And wherefore should I lend it you?”
“The reason, Cook, is plain to view.
I wish to make an Irish stew.”

“What meat is in that stew to go?”
“My sister’ll be the contents!”
“Oh”
“You’ll lend the pan to me, Cook?”
“No!”

Moral: Never stew your sister.

Impressions of “Alice (mostly) Doesn’t Live Here” @ The 22 art space in Bellisseria – Whiskey Monday: “Rules And Regulations” / Ricco Saenz: “The Crocodile” and “My Fairy” / Randy Firebrand: “Hmm… A poem about a roast”, “Hmm… A poem about a poem” and “Hmm… a poem about a snappy dresser?”

There are 2 pictures for the poem “My Fairy” which is another example I’ll provide here:

I have a fairy by my side
Which says I must not sleep,
When once in pain I loudly cried
It said “You must not weep”
If, full of mirth, I smile and grin,
It says “You must not laugh”
When once I wished to drink some gin
It said “You must not quaff”.

When once a meal I wished to taste
It said “You must not bite”
When to the wars I went in haste
It said “You must not fight”.

“What may I do?” at length I cried,
Tired of the painful task.
The fairy quietly replied,
And said “You must not ask”.

Moral: “You mustn’t.”

I like the concept of illustrating Lewis Carroll’s poems. It shows what Boudicca Amat, Trinity Yazimoto, Whiskey Monday, Ricco Saenz and Randy Firebrand came to their mind when reading these poems. This way the spectator tries to combine the poem with the picture and reflects what the artist might have had in mind … or comes to a total different interpretation.

The 22 Art space is a gallery in Bellisseria, a continent with many Second Life prime members homes. The gallery is on one of these homes. It is owned and curated by Randy Firebrand and Ricco Saenz. The gallery’s name refers to the Modern Art Week in 1922 in Brazil, also known locally as “The 22 Week”.

Thank you Ricco Saenz and Randy Firebrand for enabling and presenting this exhibition. You guys have great ideas regarding art. I enjoyed my visit.

The 22 Art Space in Bellisseria
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Grenouille/60/35/35

Art in Second Life 2021 (117) Boudicca Amat at DixMix Gallery

I visited the exhibition “Boudicca Amat” at DixMix Gallery in room Amalafia, that opened November 27th. The exhibition consists of 10 pictures by Boudicca Amat.

The ten selected pictures cover a broad range of themes, yet all show a female or a female face, be it in a more historic context, be it as a fantasy being or be it as a modern woman of these days. All ten pictures are quite focused offering not too many details. They range from minimalism to colourful fatasy.  Boudicca clearly has developed her own style and is able to create this variety.

I came across Boudicca Amat in August 2020 the first time, when I saw her small exhibition “5 Times Boudicca” at “The 22 Art Space in Bellisseria” (read here).
Boudicca is in Second Life amost 15 years. She writes about herself and her art in her profile:
I make pictures. I make them for my own amusement, they have no deep meaning,
I’m not trying to ‘say’ something – I use my mouth and my typing skills for that.
For me they are an exercise in arrangement, lighting and effects. Sometimes it works ……sometimes it doesn’t
And from the rest of her profile I can tell Boudicca lose to read, to talk and to write at least as much as making pictures. As for her pictures I can only say, I like them. You can find more of her art at her flickr account.

Thank you Dixmix for providing and curating the DixMix Gallery, thank you Megan for building it and for contributing at it. And thank you Viloet Boa for the PR, you are such a helpful and supportive being. I enjoyed my visit and seeing Boudicca Amat’s art.
Usually exhibtions at DixMix Gallery stay open for 4 weeks at least, hence “… in there” should stay open until around Christmas

Landmark to Dixmix Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Madori%20Bay/46/213/22
Boudicca Amat’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/10585546@N04/

Art in Second Life 2020 (53) “5 Times Boudicca” and “Carol Ann” at “The 22 Art Space in Bellisseria”

I got an invitation from Ricco Saenz to visit a new gallery – The 22 Art Space in Bellisseria. The 22 Art space is a new gallery in Bellisseria, the new continent with many Second Life prime members homes. The gallery is on one of these homes. It is owned and curated by Randy Firebrand and Ricco Saenz. The gallery’s name refers to the Modern Art Week in 1922 in Brazil, also known locally as “The 22 Week”. For the inauguration there’re two exhibtions at The 22 Art Space – “5 Times Boudicca” by Boudicca Amat and “Carol Ann”, an installation by Randy and Ricco.
Both exhibtions are opened until October 24th, 2020.

The 22 Art Space in Bellisseria

“5 Times Boudicca” is shown on the ground level.
It is “a retrospective of Boudicca Amat’s art, but one with a very particular intent. By concentrating on five themes – “Pretty”, “Light”, “Chairs”, “Wings” and “Broken” – that seem recurrent in Boudicca Amat’s repertoire, the exhibition allows us to observe her work along the years and explore different faces of her photography. At the same time, it underlines the artist’s consistency: with different subjects, in different years, there is a coherence in the way she treats light (which is one of the themes of the exhibition and also the foundation of the whole project) – and observing that is one of the main objectives of this selection of photos. And, as a bonus, the exhibition brings four new pictures, recently taken by Boudicca.”

Impressions of “5 Times Boudicca” at “The 22 Art Space in Bellisseria” (1)

The 5 themes are in 2 rooms on the 1st and 3 rooms on the 2nd floor of the gallery. Some of the pictures did really impress me and I selected them for this blog entry. As everybody has a different taste and as art does touch us differently and very personal, it is just my personal selection.

Boudicca is in Second Life for more than 13 years. She writes about the exhibition of her pictures at The 22 Art space:
Ricco Saenz and Randy Firebrand’s unique overview of six years of Second Life photography, their selection reveals subtleties, and recurring themes that even I had never realised were there. Their thought provoking vision and passion has propelled a collection of images into an entity richer, more vibrant, and more meaningful than I could ever have hoped for.

Impressions of “5 Times Boudicca” at “The 22 Art Space in Bellisseria” (2)

On the 1st floor of The 22 Art Space there’s also a bar and an opportunity to sit. Next to the bar you find a teleporter to a skybox. In this skybox Ricco and Randy installed “Carol Ann”:
Carol Anne is an experience of enlightenment and extinction, of distance and affection, of ambiguity. In practical terms, the installation is about static non-player characters (NPCs) and what happens to them when an avatar, controlled by an actual person, approaches.”

The installion is in one room full of NPCs. They are static …. but once you want to mingle between them or to pose next to them, they begin to glow and disappear. After a while they reappear. This is funny on one side but also gives an impulse to think. I tried to capture the moment of disappearing in my pictures. I also tried to empty the room by bumping into all of them, but when I was done, the first were reappeared already.

Impressions of “Carol Ann” at “The 22 Art Space in Bellisseria”

Ricco Saenz is from Brazil – hence the idea for the name of the gallery. He’s in Second Life for more than 13 years and partnered with Randy Firebrand. Looking at Ricco’s groups in his profile you can see easily that he loves art in Second Life. The same goes for Randy, who is in Second Life for more than 10 years. He’s from the US.

Thank you for the hint, Ricco. I enjoyed my first visit to The 22 Art Space in Bellisseria. And I enjoyed Boudicca Amat’s art as well as your and Randy’s NPC installation. I look forward to the next exhibtions.

Landmark to The 22 Art Space in Bellisseria – ground level
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Grenouille/60/35/35
Landmark to The 22 Art Space in Bellisseria – skybox
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Grenouille/60/34/2222