Art in Second Life 2022 (43) La Maison d’Aneli May 2022

Wednesday, May 11th, the latest exhibtion at La Maison d’Aneli has been opened. It features the art of Elodiecasa Dragovar, Bachi Cheng, Magda Schmidtzau, Therese Carfagno, NinaCamplin, vroum Short and Aneli Abeyante herself.

I visited La Maison d’Aneli on Sunday, May 8th, a few days before the official opening and began my visit in the skybox of Elodiecasa Dragovar. I saw Elodiecasa’s artwork at La Maison d’Aneli in 2021 the first time (read here). For her skybox in the current exhibition she chose to build a seperate gallery building within a lovely garden and surrounded by a lot of trees and and plants. Her artwork is shown inside of the building. Elodiecasa’s pictures are colourful, strong and of a broad variety, from abstract patterns to filigree forms, from an almost 3D elephant head to compositions that have a touch of Africa.

Elodiecasa Dragovar is in Second Life since 2010. Art is part of her life, she started getting lessons in art aged 9. Since 13 years Elodiecasa lives in Morocco.  In the accompanying notecard as well as on a board at the entrance of the gallery building in her skybox she wrote about herself: “I don’t consider myself as an artist but a passionate person. I love art in all forms, I touch everything. Art is a part of my life, it’s a need

Sofi (Bachi Cheng)’s art is not new for me. The last time I saw her art was in 2021 when I visited Ant Farm Light Gallery by Regi Yifu featuring Bachi Cheng (read here). For the exhibition at La Maison d’Aneli she chose the title “Good girls go to heaven bad girls go everywhere”. Her skybox is designed as a industrial hall, her pictures are spread over the walls of the hall. Her art is quite feisty and exaggerated, transpiring her message clearly and not subtle, sometimes reminding of comic strips and clearly explicit. There’s a lot to discover and to smile about.

Sofi (Bachi.cheng) is in Second Life since 2009. She’s, an artist painter and designer in RL and SL. Bachi writes about herself and her art: “I love to paint Moments. Moments of life, Moments of Love, Moments so deep that you never want to forget them, Moments at the edge of orgasm or despair, just life like we ought to live it, plainly. Let me take you in the core of my Art”.
Sofi (Bachi Cheng) has also her own gallery here and runs an own website.

Maddy (Magda Schmidtzau)is also an artist, who I have come across already a few times. For her skybox  Maddy selected  a futuristic design with a few glass partitions and 2 rooms with 3D installations surrounded by her pictures. Maddy main subject are portraits and and studies of the female body. She experiments with light and colours, with layers and shadows (remember to set your environment to midnight and to turn advanced lighting on).

Maddy (Magda Schmidtzau) is in Second Life since 2009. She’s passionate about photography in RL and SL. She writes: “I’m not an artist but a researcher of images to be developed… a dreamer with open eyes of this world “out of time”. In SL always open to new possibilities of experimentation trying to convey the magic that I see.”
I’ve seen Maddy’s art the first time back in 2017 at Enchanted Art where her exhibition “Maddy 2017” was showcased (read here) Further on I saw Maddy’s work at La Maison d’Aneli in 2018, 2019 and 2020 (read here, here and here) and at GenovArt Glass Gallery in May 2021 (read here). You can see more of her art at her flickr page.

Therese Carfagno is also an artist who I know from La Maison d’Aneli. She had her last exhibition at La Maison d’Aneli in June 2021 (read here). She came to Second Life in February 2007. Soon she got a job as a journalist, and met the most interesting artists in SL. Seeing so much creativity inspired her to start taking pictures herself. Therese thinks that taking pictures helps to look at the world a little closer – and there are so many wonders to see in SL:
“I have no interest in calling myself an artist. I take snapshots. If I’m happy with the picture because of the motive, the colours, the people in it, or anything, I upload it to Flickr or exhibit it somewhere. That’s it. And if someone else like what I do, that’s even better.”
You can see Therese Carfagno’s pictures also on her flickr account.

Therese’s skybox is a simple squared room in black with her pictures lined up at the walls. She shows two series of pictures. One is clearly taken in Second Life and shows a young woman dressed in different almost sci-fi outfits in different mostly ubran scenes. All pictures contain a blue light or background. You need to have a closer look to get the details and you can try to create your own story that might combine the pictures. The other series shows an astronaut levitating in zero-gravity above a planet. There are texts or snippets from cards at the edges of the pictures but I couldn’t really connect these to the picture. Maybe you can?

NinaCamplin is the only artist of this joined exhibition who is new for me. She’s from Neath Port Talbot, Wales. From the mid 90’s until recently, she painted murals, specialising in trompe l’oeil. She was interested in challenging perceptions of space and creating scenes of faked realities, such as windows, doors and broken walls that open up the flat surface of the wall to give the viewer the optical illusion of an additional dimension beyond. (taken from the accompanying notecard)
In her skybox at La Maison d’Aneli you find yourself in a dark, lonely world and you see the lights of a single house, which is the gallery building. Nina’s pictures show landscapes, sometimes very natural, yet mostly a bit bizarre be it because of the light, the colour or the selected view. It is intriguing to dive deeper into them.

NinaCamplin has developed arthritis in both her hips, which makes it difficult for her to climb scaffolding, stand or sit for long periods. She felt it was time to take her art into a new direction. She is now exploring new areas, including wildlife, landscape, portraiture and current events (particularly Covid related subjects). Her work varies from abstract to photo realistic, depending upon the current project she is working on. Most recently she has been using recycled canvasses to work on, mixing the realistic with the abstract, allowing snippets of the original painting to show through in the final work. (taken from the accompanying notecard)
NinaCamplin is in Second Life since 2011. By displaying her work in Second Life she wants to reach a new audience, much of the work on show here is also available to buy in real life too. You can more of her work on her flickr page and on her website.

Vroum Short’s skybox at La Maison d’Aneli is designed for the opening event of the exhibition. It is a world in green, full of light effects and optical illusions. I could hardly distinguish between spaces that I could enter and illusions. The world around you changes permanently and offers new perspectives every second. Can I walk up the stairs? Is it s floor or a hole? Objects are levitating freely… and there’s the green cat and her paws. As always Vroum’s world is fascinating! You get lost in it.

I know Vroum Short as the owner of VeGeTaL PLaNeT. I peeked at it several times but never found the time to really visit it and to write an extra blog entry about it. The VeGeTaL PLaNeT also hosted Aneli Abeyante’s La Maison d’Aneli for about a year. VeGeTaL PLaNeT is gone but there’s now the VeGeTaL PLaNeT Gallery (read about it here and here)
Vroum Short is a French SL artist since 2007. She works with lights and light effects, mostly very colourful. Vegetal Planet Gallery a world where everything becomes possible and achievable where the barriers of reality fade away to let the imagination flood it with life.
Vroum has a store for her art on the marketplace and a flickr account.

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.
The room that is usually designed for the opening events at La Maison d’Aneli is used by Aneli Abeyante herself this time. Aneli’s art is colourful, steadily moving, and with particular light effects. Aneli writes about herself: “I love geometry and mathematics. So after much practice, I managed to clear structures and shapes. In reality I practice painting, I do not have precise style but I always seek harmonization.

There are permanently changing colourful abstract pictures with different layers, permanently changing and offering a different view every second. On one wall Aneli showcasts almost monochrome structures reminding of minerals or structured surfaces. They look like having 3 dimensions and demonstrate optical illusions.
Aneli Abeyante is in Second Life since 2009. You can see more of her art on her flickr account. Besides her own artwork, Aneli’s passion is curating La Maison d’Aneli.

Thank you for another great joined exhibtion, Aneli. As always I enjoyed my visit and writing about it.

Landmark to La Maison d’Aneli
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Virtual%20Holland/23/71/22
Sofi (Bachi Cheng)’s gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Northfarthing/111/108/602
Sofi (Bachi Cheng)’s website
https://aliasetalias.com/
Maddy (Magda Schmidtzau)’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/magdyne/
Therese Carfagno’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/carfagno
NinaCamplin’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ninacamplin
NinaCampli’s website
https://ninacamplin.co.uk
Landmark to VeGeTaL PLaNeT Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Oreo/64/100/501
Vroum Short’s flickr account
https://www.flickr.com/photos/vroum_short/albums
Vroum Short’s art on marketplace
https://marketplace.secondlife.com/fr-FR/stores/81862
Aneli Abeyante’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/190057098@N06/

Art in Second Life 2021 (68) La Maison d’Aneli Summer 21

On Wednesday, July 28th, a new exhibtion was opened at La Maison d’Aneli: “Summer 21”. It features the artwork of Giovanna Cerise, Marylooooe, Elodiecasa Dragovar, Deyanira Yalin, lo01ner01, Mareea Farrasco and Fly Kugin (flyqueeen).

For this exhibtion Aneli Abeyante, owner and curator of La Maison d’Aneli, has a special gift for the visitors. She offers a (attachable or displayable inworld) SL booklet that shows examples of the artwork of the participating artists on 2 pages for each artist. Hence – I could have refrained from taking pictures. You find the booklet at the end of the main hall, next to the event area for the opening event. It is displayed at the seating groups.

Aneli Abeyante’s booklet about the Summer 21 exhibition

The event area is also the space where Fly Kugin (flyqueeen) has her exhibition space.
Fly Kugin (flyqueeen), as a live violin performer, is streaming into Second Life from Istanbul, since September 2019. She’s performing improvisation, Jazz & Rock genres, musicals & soundtracks from different time periods from various artists. But Fly also likes to spend her time taking pictures of landscapes and playing with them on photoshop. And she is still learning different techniques.

At the event area Fly showcased some of her pictures, all of them were taken in Second Life and processed afterwards to make them look like oil paintings. The combiantion of art and Second Life offers great opportunities for artists. Fly also gave a violin concert on the opening event. Fly has an own website with more information and a flickr account.

Fly Kugin’s pages in Aneli’s booklet

Giovanna Cerise is not unknow to me. The last time I came across her art was in May 2019 at La Maison d’Aneli (read here). Before I visited Flash Back / Flash Forward in 2017 (read Simploring 2017 (42) Flash Back / Flash Forward), in 2016 I visited her LEA-installation Monochrome (read here) and in April 2015 I saw Otium (read here: A visit to Otium). Giovanna is an Italian literature teacher and musician. In Second Life she’s active since Ende of 2008 and had many exhibtions and installations. She particpated in the LEA program participations and her list of activities and appearances is long. For more information look up her website.

Giovanna Cerise used her space at La Maison d’Aneli to showcase her “Doll’s house”. It is a space main held in black and white with clear structures that is partly in 3D and party in 2D (but looks 3D). The space has several houses, more a Doll’s village. And there are dolls, I’d rather say ballerinas or dancers. The dolls are stylised, performing alone or as couples in front of the houses or on the open space. There’s quite some to discover viewing at Giovanna Cerise’s installation from different viewing angles.

Giovanna Cerise’s pages in Aneli’s booklet

It is the first time that I came across the artist Marylooooe, She is in Second Life for 5 years and had several small and two larger exhibitions in favor of “Feed a smile” and the “Parkinson foundation”.

Marylooooe set up a 4 story gallery building in her skybox at La Maison d’Aneli. She named her exhibtion “Art of me – coynty art”. Marylooooe uploaded her RL artwork into Second Life. All of her art is very colourful, strong and expressive colours. On the four floors Marylooooe grouped her pictures. The ground floor shows some abstract pictures along with pictures in which you can recognize an animal, a goat? The 2nd floor is dedicated to flowers an abstact pictures, which could also be flowers because of how colourful they are. On the 3rd floor are some pictures showing a cow or a cow’s face. And finally the 4th foor is used to showcase some landscapes, towns and villages. For all of her pictures you need imagiantion, you have to connect with them to see the details beside the colours. Marylooooe wrote about her skybox in the accompanying notecard: “All my pictures exist in the original in rl. This exhibition country art is based on an idea originated when a friend asked: do you paint cows too, why not, and so i got down to work. A series of works was created and I hope you will have as much fun looking at them as I had painting them.” (from the accompanying notecard)

Marylooooe’s pages in Aneli’s booklet

Elodiecasa Dragovar is also a new artist for me. She’s in Second Life since 2010. Art is part of her life, she started getting lessons in art aged 9. Since 13 years Elodiecasa lives in Morocco. In the accompanying notecard as well as on a board in her skybox at La maison d’Aneli she wrote about herself: “I don’t consider myself as an artist but a passionate person. I love art in all forms, I touch everything. Art is a part of my life, it’s a need

Her skybox is quite packed with pictures. All of them are imported into Second Life from RL pictures as far as I could gather. Elodiecasa uses all kind of techniques for her art and thus we get a broad picture of her artwork, which ranges from abstract alcohol ink pictures to acrylic portraits, from watercolour pictures of villages to abstract oil pictures. The variety is impressive and I couldn’t categorize her art at all.

Elodiecasa Dragovar’s pages in Aneli’s booklet

Deyanira Yalin has been in Second Life since 2007. Her creations started with oils and acrylics shown at exhibitions in Mexico City, and has continuously expanded to incorporate other media: “As a graphic designer, the influence of Second Life has help me to embrace the digital art form, which culminated in several exhibits currently displayed in Second Life. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I believe that my art is the product of cumulative dreams and visualization.” (taken from the accompanying notecard)

Deyanira Yalin’s skybox at La Maison d’Aneli is a dark blue box with a 3D object in the center. Her pictures glow colourful in this environment. They range from animal faces over geometric forms, from portraits to flowers. Deyanira often uses different layers in her pictures so that you have to immerse into her art.
Deyanira has an own gallery in Second life and a store “DeyLyn Creations” on the marketplace,

Deyanira Yalin’s pages in Aneli’s booklet

Neel (lo01ner01) is in Second Life for 4 years.
Neel was born in the Himalayan foothills of India but now lives in the vast city of Mumbai. He is a passionate animal lover and cares greatly for the earth and all its creatures. A university graduate trained in business, Neel is also a student of poetry, art and literature in Hindi, English and Sanskrit. But he is especially interested in science. He combines abstract painting with imaginative birds, insects, and fish. Thus Neel explores the inner world of emotions and feelings, and how they connect to the natural world around us. His work draws on observation of the fine detail of the natural world together with an inner vision, which he paints as he sees with the eye of the spirit.” (from the accompanying notecard)

Neel (lo01ner01)’s skybox at La Maison d’Aneli is a light 2 story box held in white. His pictures are shown on the walls. Some pictures are abstract, others are a combination of abstract pictures with objects as described in the notecard. All of them seem to be RL pictures that were uploaded into Second Life.

lo01ner01’s pages in Aneli’s booklet

Mareea Farrasco is “a SL photographer and the owner of IMAGO Land and IMAGO Art Galleries, a Nature, Art & Culture area open for visitors who love to explore, relax, take photos or admire the highly talented artists works displayed in the galleries… My photography covers a large field, from portraits to landscapes, from concrete to metaphoric images, from narrative scenes to still life pictures.” (from the accompanying notecard)
I visited IMAGO Land in April 21 and reported about my visit (read here)

Mareea’s skybox at La Maison d’Aneli is complete held in black in order to provide a contrast to pastel colours of her photographs, that mainly show landscapes along with only few details. I don’t know (but suspect) that Mareea porcesses her pictures a bit to make them a little bit blurry, which fits perfectly (no critique meant). Mareea proves the almost endless possibilities that Second Life offers for our creativity.
Mareea Farrasco’s pictures can also been seen at her flickr account.

Mareea Farrasco’s pages in Aneli’s booklet

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
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Virtual%20Holland/23/64/22
Fly Kugin (flyqueeen)’s website
https://www.flyofficial.org/
Fly Kugin (flyqueeen)’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/134260978@N05/
Giovanna Cerise’s website
http://giovannacerise.blogspot.it/
Deyanira Yalin’s gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Fortinbras/20/198/27
Deyanira Yalin marketplace store “DeyLyn Creations”
https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/167933
Landmark to Mareea Farrasco’a IMAGO Land
https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Broken%20Mountain/86/132/21
Mareea Farrasco’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/96165669@N06/