Art in Second Life 2020 (47) FionaFei – “I Had a Dream, and You Were There”

FionaFei is one of the artists that I have featured in this blog quite often already 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) and I saw her exhibit “Chuanghu (Windows)” at GBTH Project (read here).
When I scrolled through scoop.it SL Destination, I came across her latest installation at Hive 4 at “Hannington Endowment for the Arts at Xeltentat Enterprises” (HEA). It is called “I Had a Dream, and You Were There”

Right when you enter the installation you FionaFei gives an explanation for the title and it provides the right mindset for your visit (at least form my visit):
This is and installation about losing someone and missing them. It is a creative manifestation of thinking about someone and wishing that they were here. It dwells on a moment in our greams and wanderings when we feel like someone we lost is with us again.
The artwork is not about any specific person in a physical form depctied in the installation. Instead, personal items are left to be discovered around the exhibit, such as a book or a piece of clothing. After all, we do not always have to see someone to feel them.
I Had a Dream, and You Were There

Impressions of FionaFei’s “I Had a Dream, and You Were There” at HEA (1)

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 FionaFei’s “I Had a Dream, and You Were There” at HEA (2)

If you have been to any of FionaFei’s installations before, you’ll recognise her specific style of art immediatiately. You enter an ink brush painting and become a part of it. This time it is a forest. Once you have entered it you can easily get lost in it as the background is melting into the forest. You get lost like you can get lost in your memories.

While you walk around you will notice red spots and getting closer you can see the single items FionaFei has written about: a piece of clothes, a mirror, a bird cage, a book, a bow or a hat. They are placed more or less randomly, just like your memories pop out uncontrolled anywhere. You will also find a bench to sit and to let your mind wander while you become a colourful part of FionaFei’s ink-brush world.

Impressions of FionaFei’s “I Had a Dream, and You Were There” at HEA (3)

Who you will think of and what thoughts will the items and the environment initate in you? You have to find out yourself.
Thank you Fiona, I enjoyed visiting your installation “I Had a Dream, and You Were There”

Diomita at FionaFei’s “I Had a Dream, and You Were There” at HEA

Hannington Endowment for the Arts at Xeltentat Enterprises” – despite ist name “Xeltentat Enterprises” is not a commercial sim in any way. It is a peaceful and private area for contemplation and relaxation, and is proud to host artists at The Hive!”
It is owned by Hannington Xeltentat. “Hanningtom Endowment for the Arts at Xeltentat Enterprises” – or short HEA, was built by Tansee, who also runs the gallery.  Thank you Hannington for providing the space and thank you Tansee from enabling the FionaFei’s installation “I Had a Dream, and You Were There”

FionaFei’s “I Had a Dream, and You Were There” at HEA will be open until October 31, 2020

Landmark to Hannington Endowment for the Arts at Xeltentat Enterprises
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Xeltentat%20Enterprises/129/128/3503
FionaFei’s Shui Mo Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Dreams/149/42/2554
FionaFei’s own website
https://fionafei.portfoliobox.net/
FionaDei’s Flickr:
https://flickr.com/photos/fionafei/