Art in Second Life (55) Spirit Animal by Lika Cameo

I visited “Spirit Animal” by Lika Cameo, an exhibtion currently featured at DixMix Gallery in room “Amalfia”.

As the name implies the showcased art has a connection to animals. It consists of 10 different pictures showing the upper part of male and female bodies and their faces. They are framed by smoke and in the smoke you can recognize animals.

The pictures are presented in a particular way at DixMix Gallery, mirrors of them are displayed on the ceiling, like shadows, the already only little used colour in the pictures doesn’t show in the mirrored pictures, just some basic elements.

Lika provides some thoughts with her work:
I need to spend more time in the woods, To listen to birds in trees, I need to look for flashes of fox. Which animal speaks to me?
When I discover who it is, I will watch where that animal goes, Sketching to understands everything, My spirit animal knows.
And then I will live with new secrets, I will follow advice from my guide, Even my dreams will be different, Goodby… Iam going outside…

The picture next to the board with Lika’s thoughts is titled “Wolf”, and the wolf can be easily seen in the smoke. You can get this picture as a gift and souvenir of this exhibition.

“Spirit Animal” by Lika Cameo – Wolf

The pictures are very artful and fanciful, true eycatchers that invite to immerse deeper into them. Why is this animal in her/his mind? We connect certain characteristics with different animals like dolphins, wolfs, lions, dogs, cats, eagles … we project having these characteristics ourself, comparing with these animals.

Lika Cameo (Likacameo) is in Second Life for more than 3 years. She’s passionate about art, photography, architecture, travel, yoga and people. Lika has a flickr account with more of her art and whe has an own gallery in Second Life, the Cameo Art Studio.

Examples of the art shown at “Spirit Animal” by Lika Cameo: Dog, Eagle, Dolphin (upper left), Bear (lower left), Otter (right)

Lika Cameo’s art is unique and displayed very thoughtfully. I enjoyed my visit. Thank you Dixmix for providing and curating the DixMix Gallery, thank you Megan for building it and for contributing at it. The exhibition “Spirit Animal” by Lika Cameo shall stay open until end of June.

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Lika Cameo’s flickr
Cameo Art Studio

Art in Second Life 2021 (47) Genesis by Moki Yuitza

I visited “Genesis” by Moki Yuitza, an exhibition that opened May 8th at DixMix Gallery in room “Amona”.

“Genesis” by Moki Yuitza @ DixMix Gallery (1)

Genesis consists of 10 pictures in which you follow the genesis of a female being that slowly breaks through all walls and barriers until she shows in kind of a victory pose. Each picture is highlighted with a glowinf white frame that increases the expression of each pictures.

Moki Yuitza is in Second Life for over 12 years. I came across her twice lately seeing quite different art from her. I saw Geomorphism at DixMix Gallery in December 2020 (read here) and CELLS at The Sim Quuarterly in March 2021 (read here)
I found this about Moki from a notecard for La Maison d’Aneli: “In RL I am an architect and in this metaverse I found the possibility to realize my idea of ​​space and my architectural fantasy, as well as to share it with other people.”
Moki has also a flickr account and an own website.

“Genesis” by Moki Yuitza @ DixMix Gallery (2)

Thank you Dixmix for providing and curating the DixMix Gallery, thank you Megan for building it and for contributing to it, and last but not least thank you Moki Yuitza for your installation. I enjoyed my visit.
As exhibtions stay open 4 to 5 weeks at DixMix Gallery, “Genesis” by Moki Yuitza should be open for the public until June 4th or June 11th.

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Moki Yuitza’s Flickr page
Moki Yuitza’s website

Art in Second Life 2021 (45) “Quelqu’un” by Catherine Nikolaidis

I visited “Quelqu’un”, an exhibtion of photographs by Catherine Nikolaidis at DixMix Gallery in room Abby.

“Quelqu’un” is French and means “somebody”. The exhibtion consists of 13 black&white photographs, photographs obviously taken in Second Life and processed with light and shadow effects into erotic art. All photographs show women in lingerie, never fully naked and always leaving enough room for the fantasies and stories of the spectator.

Examples of “Quelqu’un” by Catherine Nikolaidis at DixMix Gallery (1)

I saw Catherine Nikolaidis’ artful photographs when I visited “Soulportraits” at Itakos Art Gallery in March 2021 (read here). Catherine Nikolaidis was born in Greece and lives in the Netherlands. She joined Second Life in 2007 and photography is one of her passions. She writes about herself: “I believe strongly in sharing. I believe in communicating. I believe in creation and inspiration. I love black & white. I feel strongly for music.”
Catherine is a photographer, blogger & brand manager for several stores. She runs her own website and shares her work also on her flickr page.

Examples of “Quelqu’un” by Catherine Nikolaidis at DixMix Gallery (2)

I like Catherine’s artful photographs a lot and enjoyed my visit. Thank you Dixmix for providing and curating the DixMix Gallery, thank you Megan for building it and for contributing at it. I enjoyed my visit and seeing Catherine’s art. The exhibition “Quelqu’un” by Catherine Nikolaidis will stay open until June 4th.

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Catherine Nikolaidis flickr
Catherine Nikolaidis own website

Art in Second Life 2021 (39) Marginal Mannerism by Bamboo Barnes

I visited the exhibition “Marginal Mannerism” by Bamboo Barnes in room Amalfia at DixMix Gallery.

Mannerism, also known as Late Renaissance, is a style in European art that emerged in the later years of the Italian High Renaissance around 1520, spreading by about 1530 and lasting until about the end of the 16th century in Italy, when the Baroque style largely replaced it.” (source wikipedia)

For this exhibition I would refer to another definition that I found in the German wikipedia and that fits far better for “Marginal Mannerism” by Bamboo Barnes: Mannerism is based on the idea that an artist should develop and emphasize his very own style, the “maniera”. The artist uses all technical possibilities to achieve an extreme design.

Impressions of “Marginal Mannerism” by Bamboo Barnes at DixMix Gallery

In this sense the exhibition features 10 pictures of Bamboo that represent her very own style, colourful and strong in their expresssion. They all show faces either alienated and or overlayed by other textures or structures. The spectator has to decide where to focus on and thus immerses deeper into the art. And yes, Bamboo Barnes has developed her strong own signature style.

Bamboo is in Second Life for over 14 years already, painting software & photoshop are her best friends. Bamboo had many exhibtions and appearances in the Second Life art scene and in 2018 she had her first exhibition in real life: “I create what I see but maybe you won’t, they are about people’s reality and  mind.” Bamboo’s art is a mixture of abstract forms, of people and photographs. Most pictures are colourful and it is in the eye of the beholder what we see in her pictures. I myself saw her work the first time at La Maison d’Aneli during the Holiday season 2019/2020 (read here). I also saw her exhibtion “Meant to be” at Itakos Art Gallery last year (read here). And I had a look at her flickr page.

“Who knows” by Bamboo Barnes

Thank you Dixmix for providing and curating the DixMix Gallery, thank you Megan for building it and for contributing at it. I enjoyed my visit and seeing Bamboo’s art. The exhibition “Marginal Mannerism” by Bamboo Barnes will stay open until May 28th.

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Bamboo Barnes’ flickr page

Art in Second Life 2021 (37) Spring by Fiona Fei

Fiona Fei (FionaFei) is one of the artists that I have featured in this blog quite often already, but not yet this year. I visited her Shui Mo Gallery (read here), I saw her installation at La Maison d’Aneli (read here), I saw “Impostor” at Sim Quarterly (read here), I saw her exhibit “Chuanghu (Windows)” at GBTH Project (read here) and I saw her installation “I Had a Dream, and You Were There” at the Hannington Art Foundation (read here).

Saturday, April 17th, her newest installation was opened at DixMix Gallery and I went there and attended the last minutes of the opening party. There was quite a crowd, mostly artists and I knew quite some of them from my art tours. The party took place outside of the Dix Mix Gallery building in front of Fiona’s installation, which is installed on a half round object, that looks like the screen of a photo studio. Hence it almost invites you to add poser and make extraordinairy pictures of avatars as part of the installation.

Fiona is Chinese by decent but spent the majority of her life in the West:
I have a fascination with Chinese history and culture, but I often feel like I’m viewing my ancestry through a filter of Americanized information and experiences. Furthermore, my artistic background has been in charcoal and oil painting mediums, and I’ve had very little experience in actual ink-brush painting. Much of my early years were spent painting landscapes and portraits using oil paint on canvas. However, I developed a love for non-photorealism over the years as an artist. In continuation with my love of non-photorealism, I now produce Chinese ink-brush art in Second Life and exhibit my work around the grid.
For more information look up FionaFei’s own website.

Impressions of “Spring” by Fiona Fei at DixMix Gallery (1)

If you have been to any of FionaFei’s installations before, you’ll recognise her specific style of art immediatiately. You literally enter an ink brush painting and become a part of it. If you look at the installation at DixMix Gallery built into the “photo studio screen” from a bit farer away you see some quite high mountains in the background with bushes and trees in the foreground. This time the ink-brush painted environment is not just in black and white. The bushes and trees are bloooming in red. You can also recognize a few birds, also in red, picking food from the ground.
Considering the strong third colour (red), the birds, and the bushes and trees almost exploding to new life, it does make sense that Fiona herself called her installation “Spring”.

Impressions of “Spring” by Fiona Fei at DixMix Gallery (2)

As always I had fun walking through it, seeing it from different angles and becoming part of it. Thank you Fiona for another piece of art.
Thank you Dixmix for providing and curating the DixMix Gallery, thank you Megan for building it and for contributing at it. DixMix was also present at the opening and I asked him how long FionaFei’s installation will be available. His spontaneous answer was funny considering that Fiona works with ink: “Until it rains”. Luckily that was just a joke. “Spring” by Fiona Fei will stay open until mid of May.

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FionaFei’s Shui Mo Gallery
FionaFei’s own website
FionaFei’s Flickr:

Art in Second Life 2021 (36) Wandering and Watching by Melusina Parkin

I visited the exhibition “Wandering and Watching” by Melusina Parkin at room “Amona” at DixMix Gallery. Although I had seen just two exhibitions of Melusina so far, her style is easily recognisable. Minimalistic pictures focusing on one or two details. The simplicity of her pictures is intriguing.

This time we get a lot of information by the artist herself along with the exhibtion. Right next to the entrance is a board with Melusina’s thoughts about “Wandering and Watching“:

Urban subjects are one of the main inspirations of my photographic work since my beginning as a photgrapher.
This time I wanted to show some details we could always see when we wander around in a twon: cars, buildings, buses, benches, signs, fences…. They could look meaningless when we don’t look at them closely; they fade out into the mess of the urban landscape. Nonetheless, they are the essentail ingredients of the recipe called “city” that we cook and eat every day.
I wanted to show also two possible way to observe ubran reality: some of the photos are in warm tones; shadows and subeams are protagonists of the image like in a sunny afternoon, they give to our gazes the image of a friendly environment where we can happily live; red spots call our attentions while a warm, suffused light turns us to a calm mood.
Other ones are in cooler tones: they represent the less attractive side of city life: voids, decay, lonely and sad places sunken in the light of a cloudy day. Even tehm are part of our daily life; giving them dignity of protagonists can reveal their charm; in some of them a rather vivid spot on a faded and blurred background, remeber us that sadness and happiness are always mixed up.

Impressions of “Wandering and Watching” by Melusina Parkin (1)

Also right next to the entrance you can purchase a book:
Melusina All-in-One Exhibits allow you to keep at home the whole exhibit you visited and loved. It’s an alternative kind of the exhibit catalogue: you can hang the object on your home’s walls and enjoy the changing images.
They come in four versions, that you can choose according to your home style: plain or framed, changing image by touch or in random loop. The objects are set as modifiable, so you can adapt them to your walls.
Last but not least you find a notecard with Melusina’s biography by clicking the picture of her above the table with the book.

Impressions of “Wandering and Watching” by Melusina Parkin (2)

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 two. Melusina has a flickr account which counts more than 13,000 (!) photographs. Extensive collections of her photos can be seen also on her blog Virtual Exhibits and on some slideshows on Youtube (links under this post). Melusina has several galleries of her own (links also under this post).

Her photos tend towards minimalism, which is Melu’s main inclination: simple details from daily life or usual landscapes are the subject of mostly empty scenes, stressing voids, space, geometries, lights; this reveals hidden meanings or pushes the observer to give them her/his own one. Her favorite subjects are wide landscapes, city views, industrial environments, popular lifestyles and daily objects.

Impressions of “Wandering and Watching” by Melusina Parkin (3)

Thank you Dixmix for providing and curating the DixMix Gallery, thank you Megan for building it and for contributing at it. I enjoyed my visit and seeing Wandering and Watching by Melusina Parkin. The exhibition “Wandering and Watching” by Melusina Parkin will stay open until May 7th.

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DixMix Gallery website
Melusina Parkin’s Flickr
Melusina Parkin’s “Second Life exhibits 2011-2019” as a book to read online
Melusina Parkin’s Virtual Exhibit blog
Slideshows of Melusina Parkin’s work on youtube
Melusina Parkin’s inworld gallery “Minimum Gallery” and bookstore “Melubooks”
Melusina Parkin’s Photo Gallery at Time Portal
Melusina Parkin’s studio at PAC

Art in Second Life 2021 (31) Honey Bender at DixMix Gallery

I visited the exhibition “Honey Bender” at DixMix Gallery in room Amalfia. The exhibition consists of 10 pictures based on SL pictures, all showing females dress in fanatsy, mysterious clothes, often wearing mask or fancy hairstyles. Most of the pictures are party blurred which highlights the sharp areas.

I had never come across Honey Bender before so far. Her style is quite unique. I like the way she processes her pictures turning SL photographs into art. The blurring gives the picture another element of virtual volatileness, moments captured forever. All of the women look interesting, you immediately begin to picture a story fitting to them and to their fancy appearance.

Impressions of “Honey Bender” at DixMix Gallery (1)

Honey Bender is in Second Life for more than 14 years. She is a stylist and photographer in Second Life. As far as I gathered, Homey Bender owns or writes for AUDAZ, a website featuring styles and outfits, accessoires, art, fashion, photographs and trends.
Honey Bender also has her own store for particular and unique fashion. And – according to her profile – she’s rich in both worlds *winks*

Impressions of “Honey Bender” at DixMix Gallery (2)

Thank you Dixmix for providing and curating the DixMix Gallery, thank you Megan for building it and for contributing at it. I enjoyed my visit and seeing Honey’s art and style for the first time. The exhibition “Honey Bender” will stay open until April 23rd.

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AUDAZ website
Bender store

Art in Second Life (28) Theda Tammas – Apsara

On March 6th, A new installation of Theda Tammas was opened at the Womb at DixMix Gallery – Aspara.

I visited on Sunday, March 7th. The Womb is a seperate platform in the skies above the gallery. The teleport is right next to where you land.
Once you’re on the platform you should adjust your viewer settings: graphics to ultra (or to the best your system can handle), enabled advanced lighting, enable sun+moon and projectors. You should also use shared environment (top menu “world” -> “environment”). Then you’re almost set to visit. Almost? Yes, enable music, it adds a lot to your experience of this installation.

Theda Tammas – Apsara @ DixMix Gallery – bird’s eye view

The environment is all in red tones. When you walk behind the wall with the recommended settings you will see the installation. Bascially it is a court surrounded by walls that look a bit like books. At one side is kind of a stage. What you see are dancers. I didn’t count them, I think there’re about 10 dancers. One is performing on the stage and stays there. There are 2 groups with 3 dancers who stay at one spot while dancing. The others move. There is enough motion to keep you busy watching, and enough stability to calm and relax, in particular together with the music: “shamanic drums, deep trance humming meditation, shamanic meditation music for stress relief”

Theda Tammas – Apsara @ DixMix Gallery – Impressions (1)

Apsara? I looked it up on wikipedia:
An apsara is a type of female spirit of the clouds and waters in Hindu and Buddhist culture. Asparas figure prominently in the sculpture, dance, literature and painting of many South Asian and Southeast Asian cultures. There are two types of apsaras: laukika (worldly) and daivika (divine). Urvasi, Menaka, Rambha, Tilottama and Ghritachi are the most famous among them.

Theda Tammas – Apsara @ DixMix Gallery – Impressions (2)

In Indian mythology, apsaras are beautiful, supernatural female beings. They are youthful and elegant, and superb in the art of dancing. They are often wives of the Gandharvas, the court musicians of Indra. They dance to the music made by the Gandharvas, usually in the palaces of the gods, entertain and sometimes seduce gods and men. As ethereal beings who inhabit the skies, and are often depicted taking flight, or at service of a god, they may be compared to angels.” (excerpt from wikipedia

Theda made a great choreography. I don’t know how the mesh figures are programmed to dance and to move, but it looks naturally and enough randomized to provide the impression of living dancers. You should see it yourself. I found a video on the internet. It has been provided by Violet Boa.

Theda Tammas is in SL for almost 14 years. She has had already some exhibtions of her work. I couldn’t find out a lot more about her. If I interpreted it right, then she’s from Brasil (I might be wrong though). Theda has an own website where you can see a lot of her former installations.

Thank you Dixmix for providing and curating the DixMix Gallery, thank you Megan Prumier for building it and for contributing at it. And thank you Violet Boa for the video, that porvides an even better impression of this installation than any picture can do. I enjoyed my visit.

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Theda Tammas website
Video of Thada Tammas – Apsara

Art in Second Life (26) “Ethereal Eternity by Celestial Demon” @ DixMix Gallery

I visited “Ethereal Enternity by Celestial Demon”, an exhibtion at DixMix Gallery in room Amona.
It is once again an exhibition of an artist, who I hadn’t come across so far. And it is different to what I saw so far in Second Life. The artists name Celestial Demon and the title of the exhibition “Ethereal Eternity” fit in a particular way.

“Ethereal Eternity by Celestial Demon” @ DixMix Gallery (1)

The setting of the exhibition is very thoughtfully adapted to the showcased pictures. In the center Megan Prumier placed 3 transparent almost invisible large Angel statues. The whole room is held in white. The 10 pictures are all monochrome, very large and wide.

The pictures deal with the themes love, heaven, angels and eternity. For me personally the pictures tell a love story, it’s perceived end by death and the joyful reunion in a ethereal eternity. The pictures all have a strong focus on the theme achieved by the large white or light background.

“Ethereal Eternity by Celestial Demon” @ DixMix Gallery (2)

Celestial Demon (celestialdemon) is an Italian artist, who is in Second Life for more than 9 years. I couldn’t find out much about him, as his profile is in Italian. You can see more of his art on his flickr page. On this flickr page I found a comment that describes him and his art quite short and fitting in my opinion: “artist with infinite power of communication in light and shade. Immense talent

“Ethereal Eternity by Celestial Demon” @ DixMix Gallery (3)

Thank you Dixmix for providing and curating the DixMix Gallery, thank you Megan for building it and for contributing at it. I enjoyed my visit. The exhibition “Ethereal Eternity by Celestial Demon” will stay open until April 2nd.

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Celestial Demon (celestialdemon)’s Flickr page

Art in Second Life 2021 (18) The Carbone Gallery

After my visits of “American Shot” by Milena Carbone at Nitroglobus Roof Gallery (read part I here and part II here) I got in contact to Milena Carbone (mylena1992). She invited me to see her gallery “The Carbone Gallery” and invited me to her gallery group.
Actually Milena has not just one own gallery, she also has an affiliate at Noir’Wen City, the city that develops more and more to a colony of artists. I visited The Carbone Gallery at Noir’Wen City first and published my review about it about a week ago (read here).

I visited Milena’s main gallery, The Carbone Gallery, on January 25th after it had just been refurbished. The landing is in a large skybox without any roof. Here you find at one wall Milena’s biography and opposed to it a wall with group gifts. Milena adds one group gift (one picture) per month: “They are unique pictures, created from exhibtion work and researches. They arise from my heart, and are made with love.
At a third wall you find an overview about Milena’s current exhibtions and projects at other places in Second Life, her current exhibtions at The Carbone Gallery at Noir’Wen City and her current exhitbions at The Carbone Gallery. At the time of my visit there were two exhibtions: “Twins” by Milena Carbone and “The privilege af aging” by Harbor Galaxy.

I visited “Twins” first. Twins is a series of eight pictures composed with four models and two pictures per model. Twins have always been the subject of many myths, artists and symbolic representations. The exhibtion “Twins” expresses four mythical aspects of twinship. These aspects are:
– The Opposite: One turns her head to the past, the other to the future. Twins try to do exactly the opposite of their twin.
– Replication: What will make twins happy are the tiny differences
– Identity: The seek identity for themselves, their rivalry occupies their whole mind
– The Fusion: There’s always their love for eachother
Melina wrote texts about these mythical aspects. These texts accompany the pictures and with this backgrounds the pictures develop even more strength. I spent quite a while at “Twins”.

“Twins” by Milena Carbone at The Carbone Gallery

Milena Carbone (mylena1992) is a French artist and is in Second Life since mid 2019. She discovered its artistic potential and since then has devoted all her free time to creation, associating, as in real life, images and texts: “Milena Carbone is a fiction in which, as in any artistic work, biographical and imaginary elements are mixed.” Her creative process is iterative: some of her images inspire her stories and these stories modify the development of the image, which itself transforms the story. Milena is a story teller with pictures and words. Find about more about Milena at the wall with her biography.

“The privilege af aging” is an exhibtion of pictures by Harbor Galaxy. It is a meditation of aging. Habor Galaxy says: “I’ve been playing with my older avatar for quite a few years now. She is a contrast to the illusion of perfection that we see so frequently in Second Life and to be honest she is a mirror to who I am at this stage of my life.
Milena created the set-up and how the pictures are showcased. Each picture is presented in a seperate box. If you like you can sit in front of the box, are just look into the box and zoom in. The pictures themselves are quite small. And yes, you will rarely see avatars in Second Life (or in any other virtual environment) that are old. As opposed to, we tend to make our avatars yound and beautiful. As a result, pictures of avatars who look old are quite rare. I have seen quite a lot pictures of older people in RL where the faces tell a story, are intriguing and of a particular beauty. Why are the pictures that small? I have a simple answer to that myself. Older people don’t like pictures of themselves that show all details and every wrinkle. From that point of you, it fits that the pictures are small.

“The privilege af aging” by Harbor Galaxy at The Carbone Gallery

I just recently reported about “Figure and Form” by Harbor Galaxy at DixMix Gallery (read here). Harbor is in Second Life for 12 years. She has a flickr page where I found a short description about her: “Just a pixel dolly exploring my creative side in SL. I don’t generally talk too much about my process primarily because it frequently seems kind of like a happy accident but in my work, I attempt to merge photography and digital painting. I take pictures using screen shots and then edit and manipulate the images in GIMP; frequently using distortion and color to invoke an emotional response from viewer.

I enjoyed my visit to The Carbone Gallery and I’m pretty sure that it won’t be my last visit and that I will see a lot more of Milena Carbone’s art in the nearer future. Thank you, Milena.

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Milena Carbone’s Flickr page
Milena Carbone’s writing (blog)
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