Art in Second Life 2023 (7) Memory Gongs at The Hannington Arts Foundation

I got an invitation from Therese Carfagno. She sent a message and told me that she had teamed up with two friends, Sweet Susanowa and Violaine (Anadonne), and that the three teamed up and installed a permanent exhibition in a big gallery at The Hannington Arts Foundation. The gallery is named: Memory Gongs.

Actually Memory Gongs consists of three galleries that are built in several connected buildings. One is called The First Life Gallery, the other The Second Life Gallery and the third The Erotic Gallery. When you zoom out you can recognize the three different galleries. Each gallery has a different base colour outside as well as inside. The landing is at the entrance to all three galleries.

Impressions of Memory Gongs (1) Gallery overview

The gallery was built by Sweet Susanowa. All three artists have pictures in all galleries. I started my visit with The First Life Gallery. The featured pictures there are RL pictures and paintings of all kinds uploaded into Second Life. They reach from abstract to monochrome photographs

Impressions of Memory Gongs (2) The First Life Gallery

I know all three artists, Therese Carfagno, Sweet Susanowa and Violaine (Anadonne) from my visits to La Maison d’Aneli, which has closed it’s doors end of last year. And now the three made their own gallery.

Violaine is in Second Life since 2016. She contributed at La Maison d’Aneli in November 2018 (read here), in January 2020 (read here), in April 2021 (read here) and in September 2022 (read here).
I saw Sweet Susanowa’s art at La Maison d’Aneli back in July 2019 (read here), in May 2020 (read here) and in December 2021 (read here). Sweet joined Second Life 14 years ago without thinking about any exhibition at a gallery. She is a photographer now in real life as well as in Second Life.

The Second Life Gallery features pictures that are based on photographs taken within Second Life as the name already implies. The show the braod variety of art that can be created based an SL pictures. For me that is still facinating after all the years I have spent in SL already. I don’t get tired of it.

Impressions of Memory Gongs (3) The Second Life Gallery

Therese Carfagno is also an artist who I know from La Maison d’Aneli. She had exhibitions there in June 2021 (read here) and in May 2022 (read here). Therese 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.

Memory Gongs is a really large gallery and you can spend hours there. My quick visit took already more than an hour and I didn’t see all, nor did I look at many details. The pictures have all names, that you can see when you hoover with your mouse over them. The titles may provide a little insight in the artists thoughts about their work.
What I missed were notcards about the artists. And you can’t see easily who of the three artists made which picture. Maybe that is intended, I don’t know. I personally would appreciate to see the artists names.

Finally I visited The Erotic Gallery. I think I won’t have to describe what kind of pictures are featured there *winks*.

Impressions of Memory Gongs (4) The Erotic Gallery

Hannington Arts Foundation (HAF) is owned by Hannington Xeltentat. Thank you Hannington for providing the space for the art and for enabling Memory Gongs.
Thank you Therese Carfagno, Sweet Susanowa and Violaine (Anadonne) for your art.

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Therese Carfagno’s flickr
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Art in Second Life 2022 (102) The 5th Season by Milena Carbone

I got an invitation from Milena Carbone (mylena1992) for the opening of her newest exhibition “The 5th Season” at Artsville. The opening was yesterday. I visited early on Tuesday, December 13th.

Milena herself wrote about “The 5th Season”:
“The fifth season is a three-part installation that questions our tendency to follow a path of self-destruction. It is related to the imminent threat of dramatic consequences for all living species as a result of climate change. It tries to dig deeper into the roots of our denial.
The “fifth season”, is an imaginary season, which will replace the four seasons we have known. One season in a year, chaotic, devastating. A foul beast that humanity will have created. I sincerely hope that this work will allow us to go beyond good conscience, purely intellectual awareness or judgment to lead everyone towards a fertile, new reflection on ourselves, on our relationship to the world; and to our planet, the only paradise that is a closed garden whose walls we have hit.

The 5th Season is the final exhibition of a triology, consisting of “Blind”, “Africa” and “Heroes”. All three parts are shown at Artsville. Milena recommends to see “The 5th Season” in exactly this order.

Impressions of “The 5th Season” by Milena Carbone @ Artsville (1)

It is recommended that you use “Shared Environment” and “Advanced Lighting”. If your macine allows it, use shadows from projectors and sun/moon and allow media streaming.

I saw the first part “Blind” in June 2022 as a part of an exhibition at La Maison d’Aneli (read Art in Second Life 2022 (57) La Maison d’Aneli June/July 2022)

Blind explores our denial of the studied, validated, stated, detailed crisis of climate change for which we are collectively responsible : natural, economic, social and demographic disasters. And yet we do nothing, but continue our frenzy of senseless consumption and expend our energy in war.
Blindness is a recurring theme in myths, particularly Greek myths. Tiresias and Oedipus are well known examples. Blindness is both a punishment and a way to change one’ s view of the world and oneself.
The exhibition consists of five themes displayed in an original installation, thirteen images and seven short stories.

Impressions of “The 5th Season” by Milena Carbone @ Artsville (2) – part I: “Blind”

The exhibition is not set up as the one I saw at La Maison d’Aneli in June. There are 4 rooms titeled “Don’t Look Up”, “Don’t Look Beyand”, “Look Down On” and “Look Away”.
Milena’s art consists of texts, pictures and visual experience. Each room is dedicated to a story that you can download to read and that Milena illustrated with pictures and objects. In total you find seven stories … that feature Tiresias, Daphne, Oedipus and his daughter Antigone, Clarissa Dalloway, and George and Martha. Milena published the stories on her website,

“Africa” is the second part of “The 5th Season” and I saw it end of October 2022 at Nitroglobus Roof Gallery, (read Art in Second Life 2022 (88) Africa by Milena Carbone @ Nitroglobus Roof Gallery).

Milena wrote about “Africa”:
“Africa” takes a look at the African continent, both amazed and crude.
Amazed, because Africa is a fertile paradise of biodiversity and beauty and the cradle of humanity, born in the rift, the vagina of the earth.
Crude, because Africa is a continent raped, slaughtered, poisoned, looted with impunity by empires, in cynical disdain of its inhabitants. Africa is what started it all by the grace of evolution, and will end by the rapacity of man.

“Africa” consists of 13 pictures:
The story of Grace, in seven paintings, an Ethiopian orphan who, at age 33, inherits the home of her father whom she never knew. As she explores this strange house, she more or less follows the biblical journey from creation to paradise and God’s doubt one Sunday night (“Oh my God, I think I’ve screwed up so damn bad”). In this part, Milena Carbone clears God of predestination and gives keys to understand that, if he is at the origin of the Creation, he has created the conditions of free will.
The Twilight of Humans is the story of Abel, an African man whom Grace meets in her house. In six tableaux, he travels through the destruction of the African continent, ends up being the last man in the world and makes his own burial ground in the rainforest.

Again “Africa” is displayed different than at Nitroglobus Roof Gallery. I personally was more impressed of this part of “The 5th Season” the way it was presented at Nitroglobus Roof Gallery. The pictures at Artsville are presented at the walls. In the center are some 3D statues of African animals. Once you get closer, the statues vanish and texts appear instead. As always in Milena’s exhibitions, texts and pictures build one unit. While in “Grace’s wing” the texts deal with God, the texts in “Abel’s wing” deal with the plagues that mankind has caused on earth: climate change, extinction of species and forced migration.

Impressions of “The 5th Season” by Milena Carbone @ Artsville (2) – part II: “Africa”

Milena mentioned in the accompanying notecard that her writing style for the texts featured at the exhibition “Africa” is “more syncopated than usual, cutting the story with several levels of interpretation with inserts of scientific facts, memories or questionings of herself. I readily admit to having been amazed and inspired by the American author Jenny Offill.

For the pictures Milena continued further expanding and broadening her style. She used the AI Midjourney again to create the backgrounds of her pictures. Milena had an exhibition of pictures created with Artifical Intelligence just recently: “Metamorphoses” (read here). The characters were added from Second Life.

The third part of “The 5th Season” is called “Heroes” and it was new to me.
Heroes tells 12 extraordinary stories of ordinary or mysterious people, all imaginary. The stories take place in the future, in all parts of the world. Milena’s intention is to set the stage for new myths. Myths structure our vision of the world. The myths of today are the same as those of ten thousand years ago: men dominant and superior, carnivorous and subduing the living, violent and cunning, explorers and conquerors in a world without limits.
We are facing the limits of our planet, our myths are no longer operative. We must create new myths, new imaginaries that allow us to find our place in an entirely new, exhausted and limited world. Each story features values compatible with this world, diverse heroes from all walks of life. They are written in a style reminiscent of the news stories found in the back pages of newspapers.

Impressions of “The 5th Season” by Milena Carbone @ Artsville (2) – part III: “Heroes”

When you approach one of the the 12 pictures it folds up into 3 parts – the picture in the center and the story on the left and right. Just one picture folds up into tow pictures and one text in the center. As it takes time to read the stories, there’s a chair in fron ot each of the 12 heroes where you can sit down and read – and get into Milena’s world of pictures and texts.

Heroes is the concluding chapter of the trilogy “The 5th season”. It is the hopeful part of the work.

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 has an own gallery, the Carbone Studio and she has a bookstore @ Noir’Wen City.
Milena has an own website, you can also find her on flickr here and you can read her texts here.

Artsville was created in collaboration the Art Korner blog, owned and founded by Frank Atisso. Frank is also the curator of exhibitions at Artsville.
Thank you for another great exhibition, Milena. I enjoyed my visit. Thank you Frank Atisso and the whole team at Artsville for enabling “The 5th Season” by Milean Carbone.

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Milena’s website
Milena Carbone’s flickr
Milena Carbone’s writing

Art in Second Life 2022 (52) Hustle Art Gallery – June 2022

Tuesday, June 7th, I got a group message from Aneli Abeyante who invited to visit a new joined exhibition at Hustle Art Gallery.
The gallery is new to me. It is owned by BS4M. Actually the Hustle Art Gallery looks more like a club on the first glance. And the landmark profile also just refers to it as a club:
LIVE DJs from all over the world
House Music, Tech House, Progressive, Melodic House & Techno, Techno, Trance, EDM, Freestyle, DnB, Electrohouse, Funky and more style

But right when I landed I saw Aneli’s pictures at the walls .. and looking up I could see that there are two more floors and they are used to showcase art. Currently the Hustle Art Gallery features Aneli Abeyante on the ground floor, ZackHerrMann and Hermes Kondor on the floor above and Patrick Moya’s art on the top floor.

The Hustle Art Gallery in June 2022 – featuring Aneli Abeyante, ZackHerrMann, Hermes Kondor and Patrick Moya

My visit started on the ground floor. Knowing Aneli Abeyante’s art I did recognize it immediately. I think that I have seen some of the blue pictures already. At Hustle Art Gallery, Aneli shows her permanently changing colourful geometric art. The pictures are made of several layers and by moving the layers you get the impression of permanent change.

The Hustle Art Gallery in June 2022 – featuring Aneli Abeyante

Aneli is in Second Life since 2009. She creates objects in 2D and 3D, 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.
You can see more of Aneli’s art on her flickr account. Besides her own artwork, Aneli’s passion is curating La Maison d’Aneli. 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.

On the floor above the dance area shows the work of ZackHerrMann on one side and the work of Hermes Kondor on the other side.
ZackHerrMann is a French psychedelik artist from the French Riviera. He’s in Second Life since 2012. He writes about his work on a board at the exhibition:
French artist, kind of an alien from the unidentified dimension! He draws wither by hand or by digital toos or both. He has been a nightlife creature, a cyber punk LGBT glam cosmic one. He likes to create sounds and bizarre music that he uses for many projects. He is the creature of a fictive heroin called Linda Cluster. He works a lot usings the Second Lide Metavers, he loves concets, he is THE concept!
ZackHerrMann’s art is quite unique. It is mostly held in golden or yellow, everything looks full and rich and there’s often a story to follow. At Hustle Art Gallery though, he showcases some of his also permanently changing pictures, at bit like Aneli’s art, yet other colours and other forms.
ZackHerrMann has a little museum in Second Life – Zack Herr Mann Universum. You can also see more of his art at his flickr page.

The Hustle Art Gallery in June 2022 – featuring ZackHerrMann

Hermes Kondor (aka Luis Vasconcelos) is from Lisbon, Portugal. He’s a former teacher of photography and photojournalism and looks back on 40 years of photography experience. Hermes likes to see and shoot and he loves street photography.
Recently he began working on experimental macro photography, in studio, creating very small still life compositions. In this kind of Photography I like to explore the Beauty of seeing closer, finding new perspectives, and different ways to see small objects. A few examples of these pictures can be seen at the Hustle Art Gallery.

The Hustle Art Gallery in June 2022 – featuring Hermes Kondor

Hermes is in Second Life since 2007. He is the owner and curator of the Kondor Art Center, where you can not only see his work but also that from other artists.

Finally on the top floor of the Hustle Art Gallery you find an exhibition of Patrick Moya with the subject “Dolly Party”
I saw already some of Patrick Moya (moya janus)’s art. I came across him in 2017 when I visited his Moya Land (read Simploring 2017 (56) Moya).

The “Dolly Party” takes places once a year in Southern France. The name came up as couples of same sex and look (clones like the cloned sheep Dolly) entered the party for free. People with a broad variety of kink travel to this party that became a LGBT event. Patrick Moya created a pink sheep that became the icon of the LGBT community. “On the occasion of each party, Partick Moya performs the flyer, sometimes large canvases carried out on site live and in some cases animated films projected on the walls. We find the little sheep in his adventures with a recognizable graphi charter among all.

The Hustle Art Gallery in June 2022 – featuring Patrick Moya (moja janus)

Patrick Moya (born 1955 in Troyes, France), is a French artist. He is a part of the artistic movement “Ecole de Nice”. Moya has been at the forefront since the 1970s of straddling the latest forms of media and technology to benefit art rather than rendering it extinct.
(excerpt from wikipedia).
He is an early pioneer of video art and is active with his art in Second Life since 2007 in addition to his work in the physical world. The barriers between the two worlds do blur in his artistic work. Moya Patrick (moya janus) has also a website with tons of information about his work and about Moya in Second Life. Unfortunately it is in French only.

Tank you BS4M for providing the space for the arts at Hustle Art Gallery, thank you all who contributed to enable this exhibition and thank you to all artists who are featured. I enjoyed my visit!

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Aneli Abeyante’s flickr
ZackHerrMann’s flickr
Zack Herr Mann Universum
Kondor Art Center
Hermes Kondor’s flickr
Landmark to Moya Land
Patrick Moya (moya janus)’s website

Dio’s 14th year in Second Life Feb 11th, 2022

Today marks my 14th anniversary of joining Second Life. As always, if asked “Did anything change?” I’d answer not that much, but in fact it has been another year with changes, with a lot of fun, with many galleries and art installations visited, with quite some sims explored, with subs leaving the family and joining the family and my submission to my Mistress wife Jenny did further grow (although I always think that more is not possible).

This year my review os a bit shorter as I tried to focus on the main highlights. As always my review starts with our home and with the family. We still live on the same island with the same neighbours. Just recently we tore down our main house and replaced it with a modern and larger house with pool. We remodeled the surrounding to get the necessary space and I got a real art park next to the house, where I placed all the art that was spread over the sim before.

January 5th – Mount Everest remodeled: Different views on the new house / Diomita with slave Alessi and slave Holly

January 17th – orientation map Mount Everest

Our family has changed. At the time I wrote the anniversary entry in 2021, our family consisted of Mistress Jenny, our niece Angelique, our step-daughter Ebony, our housekeeper, head maid and head slave Flo, our Kitty, and slave Melissa. During the last 12 months we collared Faye (Boy Serenity) and Sun (newlifeloading).
Faye was collared July 26th, 2021 and left us silenty some time in October/November 2021. We still see her around and say hello to each other but that’s it.
We collared Sun as Maurer’s pet Sun on October 9th, 2021. Sadly Sun lost her desire for SL (or for us?), the joy and the fun we we experience in this world. We first unlocked her restraints and let her wander. December 22nd, 2021, we released her. We hope she finds what she is looking for.

Faye (Boy Serenity) and Sun (Newlifeloading)

Since February 2021 slave Melissa showed up only shortly and was rarely with us due to her RL. We saw her end of June 2021 the last time and her last sign of life was end of July 2021. Hence we released her on October 7th, 2021. slave Melissa showed up again end of December 2021. She had an accident in RL and couldn’t log in. Of course we took her back under our wings and we might reinstate her status. So far, she’s a potential again.

The most important change in our family during 2021 was the collaring of our slave Holly on April 30th, 2021, her 9th rezz day anniversary. Holly’s dedication to us and to our family, her true submission and obedience, her character and wit did enrich our Second Life. We’re very happy to have her with us. Read about Holly here.

Mistress Jenny and Diomita with slave Holly

Alessi (Alessi20) also grow closer to us during the last year. Alessi is a shy woman. She’s always polite, obedient and very attentive and she keeps our house clean. We would have collared her but she was and is not ready for this step. Just recently we created a new role for her, Eurobrat sub and treat her as a close family member. Welcome to the family, Alessi.

Mistress Jenny and Diomita with slave Holly and slave Alessi (December 2021)

As of today our family consists of Mistress Jenny, our niece Angelique, our step-daughter Ebony, our housekeeper, head maid and head slave Flo, our Kitty, our slave Holly, our sub Alessi and myself. In addition we have a few subs around us and we will see if any of them gets a collar during my 15th year in Second Life.

Beside these changes in the family we had a lot of fun and excitement in our Second Life again. Reading back in our diaries I want to mention:

  • I had some roleplays with Miss Laura K (misslaurak) who finally made me a member of the mafia. I wrote a blogpost about The Inshan Group (read here). I enjoyed the roleplay a lot and the group is really creative and offers fun. Unfortunately I had not enough time to really immerse into it. (April 2021)
  • In March/April 2021 we had the two E’s with us – Eroticlaire and Elena (Elenaslv Serenity) – read in particular (Diary 2021 (39) March 25th/26th E & E – Elena and Eroticlaire  and Diary 2021 (40) March 27th/28th Breaking in a new slave). Both were great slaves and we enjoyed having them with us. Eroticlaire left us to seek other fun in her SL, Elena is still a close friend of the family.
  • In September 2021 we had a couple of days as the Jenny Maurer twins (Diary 2021 (122) The Jenny Maurer Twins). That was fun, too bad none caught us!
  • In November/December 2021 I had a second owner, Goddess Katie (KatieLouisse). That was a particular experience for me. Yet I understand why Katie had to end it (no drama). And since January 2022 I have another second owner, Mistress Mercy (Steelyeye Blinker). Mistress Jenny and Mistress Mercy get along well, hence I get different new experiences as a sub (and can use them as a domme for our slaves).

Mistress Jenny and Diomita at Carnal Intentions with Eroticlaire and Elena (upper left, Mar 29th, 2021) / Miss K – The Inshan group (lower left Mar 25th, 2021) / The Jenny Maurer Twins (Sep 12, 2021) / Goddess Katie with Diomita (upper right, Nov 22nd, 2021) / Mistress Mercy and Diomita (lower right, Jan 23rd, 2022)

Mistress Jenny and I had quite a lot time together due to the continued pandemic and less work. Mistress still succeeds in surprising and teasing me and with time my submission is further growing as well as Mistress Jenny’s fun in controlling me and subsequently also our slaves. In giving away some control over me to others dommes Mistress Jenny found another way to keep my submission to her growing. She even found a way to lock an extra septum ring on me, which she can easily share with others without losing any control over me – quite evil and effictive. Thank you Mistress Jenny.

What else? I kept this blog running another year, with one post every single day:
– one “Enjoying Bondage” picture every month (12 posts)
– one “Backflash”-entry, picking an old post to republish every month (12 posts)
– roughly 30 simploring entries
– roughly 125 Art in Second Life entries
– about 180 diary posts

My focus has shifted, I did less simploring tours and visited more galleries and art installations. I assume that shift towards art will continue. The reason is quite simply – I like art and I cover some artists and galleries quite regularly. I think I missed no exhibition at La Maison d’Aneli and at Nitroglobus roof gallery and I saw many exhibitions at DixMix Gallery. I covered all installations of Cica Ghost, which make me smile everytime and I saw many exhibitions of Milena Carbone (mylena1992), Nils Urqhart and Melusina Parkin.

Art in Second Life: Dido Haas “Minimal” at her own Nitroglobus Roof Gallery, Funday by Cica Ghost, “And darkness came” by Nils Urqhat, “The Scale of Love” by Milena Carbone”

From still about 30 simploring tours, I picked just a few examples to show the broad variety they offered. I saw three iterations of Grauland (the last in January, read here), I saw Otter Lake (read here) and Nelipot (read here) in Autumn, I visited Noweeta in Summer (read here) and in Winter (read here), I visited Skrunda-2, a place existing in RL, very impressive (read here) and I was in Dya’s Little Jordan (read here).

Simploring – snippets from Noweeta, Skrunda-2, Otter Lake and Dya’s Little Jordan

My simploring tours and art in Second Life are a nice and important counterbalance to my kinky second life within my family and friends.

At the end of this anniversary post is always an actual picture of myself to document how my appearance changed. I didn’t play with head or body shape during my 14th year, but I often wear another hairstyle nowadays. And most of the time you will see me wearing my heavy slave collar and sometimes also the small nosering that Mistress locked on me.

Diomita Maurer – February 2022

What a year again! I’m still happy and I enjoy the journey at the side (or at the feet) of my beloved partner and Mistress Jenny. We both as well as the core members of our little family are embedded in a great community of friends, we know some of them way over a decade now, some for several years and some are new friends of ours. Even if not mentioned by name in this anniversary blog post, these friends do mean a lot to me and to us. SL is first of all about people and it’s you all who keep my and our SL enjoyable and exciting! It was a great 14th year in Second Life and I look forward to the 15th!
Love from Diomita

Art in Second Life 2022 (11) La Maison d’Aneli February 2022

I visited the latest exhibition at La Maison d’Aneli that officially opened yesterday, January 26th. It features the art of Claude Belgar, Eylinea, Olivia (angsanaburton), Xia Chieng, ilyra Chardin and Jennifer Steele (Steele Wilder). For this blog entry I visited the exhibition several times before it opened officially – hence if there were some late changes, they might not be covered.

I began my visit with ilyra Chardin.
ilyra chardin is an artist and designer, whose work has been featured in installations and exhibits across the grid. Her artwork crosses media and styles, spanning from real life and digital to SL art. First and foremost, Ilyra is a storyteller. Whether in full SIM, 3D installation, sculpture, or 2D (original mixed media, hand-painted, hand-drawn, and photo) art, she includes multiple layers with depth of meaning. Her work has been the subject of numerous blogs, machinimas, and has been featured on Designing Worlds.” (taken from the accompanying notecard)

Her installation at La Maison d’Aneli is called “The Middle of the Road & Other Myths and Legends”. You arrive in an attic room that features quite some of ilyra’s pictures. The show a broad range of subjects, from scenes in a forest, over chess to birds and portraits. And all appear to be haintpainted, though I don’t know if they are. ilyra’s style is what they have in common.
In the middle of the room is kind of a walkway with a hole, that might be caused by a fire. You fall trough in and land a level below on the court of a destroyed town, quite an apocalyptic scenery,

ilyra Chardin is in Second Life since 2010. She defines herself as RL and SL Artist: “I art therefore I am”. A selection of her artwork may now be viewed in a permanent exhibit at Emergent. Current Exhibitions & Art Installations change frequently and are best seen by looking at ilyra’s profile main page and in picks.

Eylinea is with 3 years still comparably new to Second life. I saw her art before at La Maison d’Aneli and at VeGeTaL PLaNeT Gallery. She’s exploring the possibilities and trying out new things. Her room in the current exhibtion at La Maison d’Aneli is quite high and dominated by rotating and moving black spheres. Like mirror balls, they shimmer in all colours of the rainbow and it is quite intriguing to watch them and the light effects. There are some windows in the room. And through the windows you see cubes in black and white, rotating and moving along.

Eylinea writes about herself in the accompanying notecard: “Photographer, cube juggler, light dresser, tattoo artist apprentice, designer, designer of cardboard furniture and lights, jewellery maker…. dreamer at her own time! To sum up: creator of lots of things, curious about everything. That’s how I could qualify my sl… and my rl!”
If you want to see more of her look up her flickr page.

Olivia (angsanaburton) is a 26 years old French student and interested in painting since her childhood. She works with acrylics, oil and pigments and creates mostly colourful abstract paintings. Olivia joined SL 2 years ago.

At La Maison d’Aneli she shows a spectrum of her art of the last 4 years. The paintings are arranged in a more industrial environment on 2 levels. You can see more of Olivia on her flickr page.

Art by Xia Chieng – “True beauty lies in the cracks of imperfection”
The collection of pictures presented at La Maison d’Aneli is called “Assburguer’s Mood Diary”. “It is original surreal artwork based in the aspie’s universe of Lis Xia Chieng.
Xia wrote in the accompanying notecard: “For someone with Asperger’s syndrome, understanding their own emotions, feelings, and sensations is an uphill battle. That is why I present Assburguer’s mood diary (assburguer is a common misspelling of aspergers when we wanting to name our syndrome). A collection of surreal portraits based on my moods, and with which I made my first debut in digital painting. At the same time I present the continuation of my paintings from the Visions of an Aspie series, which I presented in this gallery a few months ago, made with traditional painting and technique, which I hope you like and disturb more than ever.”

For Xia her art is “a tool for self-transformation and healing, a way to dialogue with my own internal demons”
Xia is in Second Life since 2010. She has an own gallery, Xia’s Alcis Gallery and a flickr page.

I came across Claude Belgar once so far when I visited MindScape3D in 2020 (read here) where he contributed the the 3D world of art that was featured there. Claude is in Second Life since 2008. I couldn’t find out much about his artistic Second Life. Aneli got this text from Claude: “Passionate and “jack-of-all-trades”, my photographic approach is quite intuitive and not really structured. I just shoot what I like. A lot in nature first (landscapes, animal, macro, astrophotography) then, with time, I begin to get closer to the city and people.
At his skybox at La Maison d’Aneli we see basically 2 different kind of photographs – RL monochrome pictures of a town by a river, of mountains and of coasts and processed pictures of a forest (I have no idea if the forest pictures are taken in SL or RL). One single photograph is coloured. What the pictures have in common is that your recognize the forest of the river, moutains or the coast only if you get closer and look for more details.

Jennifer Steele (Steele Wilder) made her art installation “exclusively for this showing at La Maison d’Aneli. It’s intention is to take you on a journey through the mind and process of an artist. It is my journey and my process. Other artists may have a very different experience from mine. This puzzle of platforms joined by ladders marks steps in my journey – you’ve entered my personal experience. For me to create this, I had to answer this fundamental question – What is the Journey of an artist?
Success? Failure? Rejection? Acceptance? Evolution? Disaster? Love? Hate? Passion? Desire? – How do I make a visitor experience all of this?

You can’t cheat and cam around at this exhibit. It appears as though nothing is there. Much like when you first learn about an artist and are unfamiliar with their work. It’s a journey just to get to know them. Why don’t I have a way to see it all at once or teleport to the different levels? Because there’s not shortcuts in art – and I want you to experience a journey, not 5 seconds of deciding if you like or hate the work. 🙂” (taken from the accompanying notecard)

Please respect that taking pictures of Jennifer Steele (Steele Wilder)’s contribution to the February exhibition at La Maison d’Aneli is not allowed. Jennifer did approve the impression I show above.
Jennifer Steele (Steele Wilder) is in Second Life for 15 years. She has had a lot of exhibits, runs an own gallery “The Jennifer Steel Gallery” and she is a partner in a lot of businesses in SL. For more information, just check out her profile.

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
ilyra chardin’s permanent exhibit at Emergent
Jennifer Steele (Steele Wilder)’s “The Jennifer Steel Gallery”
Xia Chieng’s Alcis Gallery
Xia Chieng’s flickr
Olivia (angsanaburton)’s flickr
Eylinea’s flickr

Art in Second Life 2021 (114) La Maison d’Aneli December 2021

On Wednesday, December 1st, a new exhibtion opened it’s doors at La Maison d’Aneli. Aneli Abeyante presents 8 artists for the last exhibition of 2021: Adwehe, Calypso Applewhyte, Awesome Fallen, Sweet Susanowa, I am Free… (libbberamente), Tamashii (TamashiiRent Starsider), ZackHerrMann, and 9Volt Borkotron.
I visited the exhibition before it’s opening – and thus I had the opportunity also seeing Tamashii (TamashiiRent Starsider)’s work. Tamashii had to cancel his participation.

My visit began with Adwehe. Adwehe is still quite new to Second Life, she joined 3 years ago. What I saw so far from Adwehe was always very different as she tired out herself and the artisitic opportunities that Second Life offers. The last time I came across her was also at La Maison d’Aneli (read here). And once again Adwehe playes with lights, with line, beams of lights, with one motif, that migh be a dancer. She plays with colours and with a dark forest in which the scene takes place. You can see more of her art at her flickr page.

Calypso Applewhyte is not new to me. I wrote already quite several times about her and her art. Calypso Applewhyte is a SL Photographer from France, who joined SL in 2010. Her focus is the avatar itself as a means of expression to transport emotions. She processes her pictures with Photoshop. You can recognise her style, she has found her personal characteristic artistic style. Her pictures do tell stories, like good art has to do.
This time her skybox is quite dark and fog is covering the floor. The pictures are at the walls a little bit set back in alcoves. All pictures show a woman in fear, desperate and trying to retreat in her fear and pain. Caly uses facial experssions as well as the postures to express the emotions and she succeeds very well in it. The spectator can feel with the woman.
According to her profile Calypso also blogs and has written articles for several magazines. And she also makes portrait pictures of course. You can see more of her work on her flickr account.

I saw Sweet Susanowa’s art the first time at another exhibition at La Maison d’Aneli back in July 2019 and later once again in May 2020 (read here). Sweet joined Second Life 13 years ago without thinking about any exhibition at a gallery. She is a photographer now in real life as well as in Second Life. The 4 walls of her skybox at La Maison d’Aneli show 4 different themes: monochrome female portraits of women at different ages, monochrome snapshots of a couple in love enjoying each other’s touch, colourful scenes of party life with a touch of pop art and pictures of female display dummies that look like the bluprint of a female.
Now you can make a connection between the 4 themes. Do they show the different phases of life? As there are 5 pictures of each theme – are we looking at the scenes of 5 lifes? Or is Sweet just showcasting the different styles and techniques she had developed for herself? Anyway – intriguing.

I am Free… (libbberamente) is in Second Life since March 2018. She says about herself: “I am not a realistic woman, I am only a cartoon”. Her skybox at La Maison d’Aneli is full of things to discover, it’s a Metaverse in which she invites the visitor. I am Free… (libbberamente) wrote about her installation in the accompanying notecard:
“The theme is always the journey, constant in the life of the artist: the movement, the change, the exploration, emigration, until the banal transfer for work reasons. In Second Life she found another dimension to travel to especially walking on the streets and driving a locomotive on the remarkable heterocetera railroad. Impossible buildings alternate with
perfect reconstructions of reality, approximations are accompanied by detailed manifestations of maniacality. Everything existing in the world, or that has existed, that has been thought, imagined, filmed or sung in poetry …… And then she photographs the possible and tries to build the impossible and another fragment of dreamadds to the reality of Second Life”
Discover objects, science fiction, space ships, videos, structures … dive into the metaverse.


ZackHerrMann is a French psychedelik artist from the French Riviera. He’s in Second Life since 2012. He writes about his work in the accompanying notecard about himself:
Early I was attracted by arts, nature was my first inspiration. Later I have discovered the Marvel Comics and that increase my drawning passion. I have done years of art school, than was trying to go to stylism school, but it was too expensive. So, I started to discover the nightlife, especially in the LGBT Community. There I got in touch with a ‘lil around Drag queen and the creature universe. I discovered the power of making creations with a PC, with Photoshop and other tools, with grapic tablet, etc.
With thoses new tools, a creature I made when i was younger was reborn, her name is Linda Cluster. In SL, I focus a lot of my Linda Cluster creations ’cause its probably the more advanced works that I’ve done in RL. With SL, I renew some works and give another light to my previous works!

I have seen ZackHerrMann’s art before at La Maison d’Aneli and I could identify immediately that I see ZackHerrMann’s art when I entered his skybox. It is very impressive. The visitor is overwhelmed by the light, by the shine of gold. You feel like in an ancient treasure chamber. And it takes some time to adjust and to see the details. I enjoyed the luxury and the art, the many many things you can discover here. It’s nothing I can easily describe. I hope my pictures provide an idea – best is to see it yourself.

ZackHerrMann has a little museum in Second Life – Zack Herr Mann Universum. You can also see more of his art at his flickr page.

I came across 9volt Borkotron just once back in 2018 and also at La Maison d’Aneli. 9volt Borkotron is in Second Life for more than 13 years. His digital works are most influenced by the gradual and often musical stages of natural transformation in all it’s forms ranging from the macro/micro biological material to the quantum electromagnetic on all scales.
The installation for December 2021 is very colourful and you get great views walking up a spiral into the sky. At it’s end is a platform where you can sit and look down into the sea of colours. The textures and colorus, the constantly changing explosion of colours and lights are made specifically so that hearing impaired can also get the music. As the music is playedm the geometric shapes or bars pulse to the various tones. Hence make sure to have media enabled. For me it was very impressive.

I saw Awesome Fallen’s artwork in January 2021 the first time when I visited “Mind the Gap” at Itakos Project and Art Gallery (read here).
Awesome Fallen is in SL for almost 12 years, yet the profile does not give away much: “…… just another wave in the ocean …….”. Awesome has a flickr page tough with a lot of followers and I can understand why. The pictures are intriguing, invite you to take a closer look and to comprehend what Awsome wants to express or to make up your own story to the pictures.
In her skybox at La Maison d’Aneli Awesome showcasts 12 pictures. The space is kept in black and you barely see any frame or conture as the pictures melt into the black walls. The pictures comes 3 themes: clown faces, imprisonment in a small inescapable room and a young girl with a balloon visiting a fair. I can’t tell why, but I was fascinated by Awesome’s pictures and by the stories they tell for me.

Tamashii (TamashiiRent Starsider) is in Second Life for 12 years. Tamashii ‘s exhibition at La Maison d’Aneli is called “Surviving is an experience”. In the accompanying notecard Tamashii wrote: “It is the first installation in a series on the same theme that I believe I will be working on for the next few months. It will be enriched with new elements over time in the next installations. Most of the items you can see here will also be available for sale in my shop in the marketplace.
The theme of my works, even if it can vary, essentially expresses existentialist concept.
Tamashii had issues with his pc and Aneli helped arranging the objects, but on a short notice Tamashii did decide not to particpate. I got an insight in his owrk nonetheless. I’m sure we will see more soon.

The skybox featuring Tamashii’s work featured a scene with 3 figures in front of a wall of stones and boxes. On the three remaining walls you could see pictures of the aforementioned wall with boxes and of the 3 figures as the artist began to create them in Blender. It might give an impression of how much work is behind this all.

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
Adwehe’s flickr
Calypso Applewhyte’s flickr
I am Free… (libbberamente)’s blog
ZackHerrMann’s flickr
Zack Herr Mann Universum
Awesome Fallen’s flickr
Tamashii (TamashiiRent Starsider)’s shop on the marketplace

Art in Second Life 2021 (102) La Maison d’Aneli October/November 2021

On Wednesday, October 20th, a new exhibtion opened it’s doors at La Maison d’Aneli. This time Aneli Abeyante presents 4 artists and each gave their exhibition a name:
“Duality” by Kicca Igaly
“Out” by Nessuno Myoo
“Bubble Show” by Vroum Short
“Pareidolia” by Sasha Arivalhagan

For this exhibtion Aneli Abeyante offers once again a (Secon Life) booklet with some pictures of the installation as a free gift. It is available in the main hall. I started my visit with “Duality” by Kicca Igaly.

I never saw Kicca Igaly’s art before although the list of her exhibtitions and appearances is very long indeed. Well, the world is large and the universe of SL is also large. Kicca wrote about “Duality”:  “Human nature seen as a contraposition of what is light, balance, wisdom with respect to darkness, wickedness, negative impulses. A thin psychic membrane divides the two natures intrinsic in man who compete for complete dominance. Crossing this membrane one is attracted now to one, now to the other of these natures which condition life so strongly.

The installation consequently has two parts, the one you see when you get to Kicca’s skybox at La Maison d’Aneli with the the white sculptures that look different from every viewing angle. Some of these express duality as well, like the pair of scales. The second part is reached by walking through the wall, It is a dark blue setting, something like a ritual scene in the woods. Two rows (duality) of mysterious figures lining up towards a giant bat.

Kicca Igaly is in Second life for more than 14 years. She had a passion for painting and art before in RL and Second Life offered her more ways to express herself, sculptures, digital art and buildings. Kicca is a friend of Nessuno Myoo, with who he also worked together on a LEA project in 2013. More information can be found in the notecard accompanying the exhibition at La Maison d’Aneli. More of Kicca’s work can be seen on Kicca Igaly’s flickr page.

Nessuno Myoo installation “Out” at La Maison d’Aneli is a tribute to Jurij A. Gagarin’s flight into space in 1961.
What if Gagarin was launched today, in the present day, for the first time in orbit around the earth?
“Out” is a tribute to him, to his deeds, and to all those people who (literally) threw their hearts over the obstacle and maybe, just for a moment, they had a desire never to go back.
(taken from the accompanying notecard)

The installation is set under a red to orange sky. Either select “Use Shared Environment” or set your enviroment to “TOR BIG SUN – Safarion” to see “Out” like the artist wanted it to be seen. It consists of a vulcano-like mountain and I first thought I could walk up in spirals – I couldn’t and had to fly (ggos that we can in Second Life). Above the top of the vulcano/mountain you can see a space ship and the lonely astronaunt reaching out into the space, The space ship reminded me a bit ouf Steampunk, a popular theme in Second Life. The setting provides an idea with how almost primitive gear this first flight was done – and it was a brave mission.

Nessuno Myoo is in Second Life for 14 years and has a blog (in Italien) and a flickr page.

Sasha (arivalhagan) is in Second Life for more than 7 years. She writes about herself: “My personal acronym: NAA – Not An Artist! I think being an artist is one of the pinnacles of an existence. I don’t think I’ve reached it. That said, I do like photography a lot. The principle of my exhibition is very simple: to allow you to feel you are being seen. Not necessarily watched, but considered, questioned, appreciated, desired, questioned, loved, admired … And then let you imagine what stories are hidden behind all these glances less simple than they appear at first glance

In her skybox at La Maison d’Aneli Sasha features about 10 picture objects consisting of several layers, partly formed in a U-Shape. Hence the pictures look different depending on your viewing angle. She wrote: “The exhibition is meant to make you feel a bit tripped out and surprised or seduced by shapes and colors that you didn’t see at first glance or at first passage. Play with your camera, and sometimes, with caution try other lights than midnight. Play with the dog lamps (ON/OFF). Look at what is happening around your field of vision.”
I tried and played around a bit, as the pictures have several layers and some are still transparent you can create very specific pictures yourself with them. I loved it. Sasha succeeded in motivating the visitor to play around and to create own eye-catching pictures.
The name of her exhibition is “Pareidolia”, which is the tendency for perception to impose a meaningful interpretation on a nebulous stimulus, usually visual, so that one sees an object, pattern, or meaning where there is none (from wikipedia).
Sasha’s art can also be seen at Sasha (arivalhagan)’s flickr page.

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, sometimes also 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.

Vroum Short’s installation “Bubble Show” at La Maison d’Aneli is fitting to what I saw of her before. I room filled with permanent changing blue and purple and white structures, with bubbles that fly around and reflect the light. It is a big room and you don’t know where to look at first, you get lost in the light and by the bubbles. Actually you and “sit” in the bubbles and relax and watch as your avatar flows around. Great light effects!

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
Kicca Igaly’s flickr
Nessuno Myoo’s blog
Nessuno Myoo’s flickr:
Sasha (arivalhagan)’s flickr page
Landmark to VeGeTaL PLaNeT Gallery
Vroum Short’s flickr account
Vroum Short’s art on marketplace

Art in Second Life 2021 (88) La Maison d’Aneli Summer 21 – Part 2

Aneli gave me an early invitation for the next exhibition at La Maison d’Aneli. It is titled “Summer” like the exhibition before, hence it is quite of a second part. I had reported about part 1 here. This time the participating artists are: Daco Monday, Desy Magic, JudiLynn India, Madee Moore (kupu2) and Nino Vichan.

The exhibition opened on September 15th, my visit was in the days before. I started with Daco Monday.
Daco’s installation at La Maison d’Aneli left me a bit confused and made me thinking. The installation consists of several elements all connected by a historic photograph (at least it looks like being at least 100 years old) of a standing woman next to a sitting man.
The picture is in the center of the installation, it is around the center of the installation shown in pieces, as if someone had cut the picture to destroy it, it is display at one wall together with a rope and noose and 2 single eyeballs. The woman and the man also appear to the left and to the right of the center installation as many holograms that jump up and down. What else? A frame in the center with many eyeballs that move around like billiard balls. Behind of this frame and under the central picture of the woman and the man is a music band, made of parts, a drummer and a singer and a music stand. And then there’s a colt levitating a bit aside of the intallatio and a projector.
If you don’t see the installation and try to picture what I described … confusing. Better look at it yourself.

Daniele DACO Costantin (Daco Monday) is in Second Life since 2009 and has had many exhibitions, just that I haven’t come across him yet. Daniele is Italien.

JudiLynn India has arranged her pictures leaning againt the 4 walls of her skybox. The pictures are large and colourful. She wrote about herself and the pictures shown at La Maison d’Aneli:
I’ve been drawing since I could hold a crayon. I studied art throughout school, Commercial Art in high school and Graphic Design at Tyler School of Art/Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. After the turn of the century, I decided to focus my creativity on acrylic and digital painting and have totally enjoyed the journey.
Known in Second Life since 2009 as JudiLynn India and RL as Judi Lynn, my mission is to share my vision and message as an artist with the global community.
My work embodies my spirit and personality. My goal is to allow you to experience the image with your own mind’s eye. My work is entirely intuitive. I get lost in the layering of texture and color. Occasionally, I will include figurative work if my spirit is so presented with the composition.
Just as there is order in the chaos of the universe, the energy within me is brought into focus one canvas at a time.

I have nothing to add. Enjoy the colours! Judi Lynn has a website for purchase of prints:
You can also find a list of her current exhibition in own and other galleries in her profile.

It is the 3rd time that I came across the art of Desy Magic. I saw her as participating artist at La Maison d’Aneli in 2019 and in 2020 (read here and here). Desy is in Second Life for more than 13 years (just like me). Daisy Magic is a passionate photographer and she has a unique and colourful style in which she processes her pictures and makes them real eye catchers. Daisy often works with several layers, a base motif covered by abstract forms – or vice versa. She wrote about herself:
“For me, photography or the image of art is something essentially poetic, I imagine it as a theatrical writing, which reflects the reality of dreams, my fantasies in a single course of life.”

You can Daisy Magic’s artwork also on her flickr page.

Madee Moors (kupu2) is with comparably new in Second life, she joined in January 2020. Her skybox at La maison d’Aneli is very well set up to display her pictures, studies of the female body in black and white, dancing and posing. Her pictures appear to be mirrowed by floor. But the floor is actually transparent and the pictures are displayed upside down in the lower story and in the center stand a single figure that you can see through the floor.

Madee’s goal is “to capture hidden feelings through light and shadow. My calm and sensitive nature allows me to see the beauty in everything I encounter.
You can see more of her art at her flickr page.

Nino Vichan is in Second Life since 2010. His skybox at La Maison d’Aneli is dedicated to “Better Angel”. Nino showcases pictures of angels, like you can find them in barock paintings along texts about the cruelity of humans: “When the human imagination sets itself on cruelty there are no limits to its designs.” (Charles M. Blow, A Rancher’s Romantic Revisionism, 2014)

The texts are about biological weapons, genocide, torture, human trafficking, slavery and military use of children. On the floor of the exhibition is Nino’s central message “…that we may hear the music of our better angels“.

“Better Angel” is used in a remark made by Gratiano after the death of Desdemona to describe enlightened and restrained human impulses. Gratiano speaks of pushing away the ‘better angel” which would hold him back from taking bloody revenge on Othello.” (Shakespeare, Othello (5.2.237-242))

In the notecard distributed at La Maison d’Aneli you find a long list of Nino Vichan’s appearances and rewards in Second Life.

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
Judi Lynn (JudiLynn India)’s website
Desy Magic’s flickr
Madee Moors (kupu2)’s flickr

Art in Second Life 2021 (77) Sybil by Giovanna Cerise

After my blogpost about the Summer exhibtion at La Maison d’Aneli (read here), Giovanna Cerise sent me an invitation for another installation of her: “Sybil by Giovanna Cerise“.

Giovanna Cerise is not unknow to me. Before the visit of the Summer exhibtion at La Maison d’Aneli (read here) I came across her art in May 2019 also at La Maison d’Aneli (read here). 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.

Sybil by Giovanna Cerise” is inspired by the ancient figure of the Sibyl. It is set in the cave located in Cuma and rebuilt at Museum Island. According to tradition, the priestess resided in this dark place.
The sibyls were female prophets or oracles in Ancient Greece. The earliest sibyls, according to legend, prophesied at holy sites. Their prophecies were influenced by divine inspiration from a deity, originally at Delphi and Pessinos. In Late Antiquity, various writers attested to the existence of sibyls in Greece, Italy, the Levant, and Asia Minor.
(source wikipedia)

Impressions of Sybil by Giovanna Cerise (1) – the tunnel and the oracle

I got a notecard along with the invitatation that explains the background:
“According to the legend, Sibilla was a young girl of superb beauty of Greek origin who possessed great divination skills. One day the God Apollo, struck by her beauty, fell in love with her and to conquer her he promised her that he would fulfill her every wish.
Sybil took a handful of sand from the beach and asked Apollo to let it live as many years as the grains he had collected in his hand. The God satisfied her but the girl made a serious mistake: she forgot to add that she wanted to live the years in eternal youth.
The priestess lived as many years as there were grains of sand enclosed in the palm of her hand, but her body continued to wither and wrinkle year after year, until it faded into dust, eroded – just like the grains of sand – by the merciless flow of the time. Of her, it is said, only her voice and her cryptic predictions survived. Sibyl used to scatter palm leaves on which the words of the prophecy were reported;
It is said that a soldier, having received the sacred response, prepared to recompose the prophecy by assembling the palm leaves scattered by the divine breath. However, when he read the Sybil’s prediction, he noticed its double interpretation, depending on the punctuation:
Ibis, redibis, non morieris in bello – You will go, you will come back, and you will not die in the war – if the comma anticipates the negation; Ibis, redibis non, morieris in bello – You will go, you will not return, and you will die in the war – if instead it is placed after the negation.
The legends around the myth of the Sibyl are different.”

There’s a lot more to read about Sybyl on wikipedia.

Impressions of Sybil by Giovanna Cerise (2) – the roofed terrace with the soldier

The installation at the Museum Island consists of two connected parts. One part is in a tunnel, which is in a trapezoidal shape and is similar to an artificial tunnel of the greek-roman era. In the tunnel Giovanna has place several complete red figures in different poses. The crawl and they run. They are surrounded by particles, that could be letter or anything else. The light is selected very smart, so that the particles melt together and develop a certain dynamic, as if the figures would run.  Light comes into the tunnel from the left side through several passages. The passages lead to the second part, a roofed terrace where Giovanna has installed more objects.

Impressions of Sybil by Giovanna Cerise (3) – objects on the terrace

There is just one cave on the right side of the tunnel. There’s the oracle. A fountain with several coins on the ground. You can click the oracle and get a prophecy. In my case:
ANTRUM SYBIL – Cumaea Sybil’s Omphalus oracle: You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.

The roofed terrace features more art objects of Giovanna Cerise, quite hard to describe though. One is clearly dedicated to the soldier, that is mentioned in Giovanna’s notecard. The words from the prophecy (in Italian) appear around a red figure (the soldier) caught in a structure of transparent walls: “Ibis, redibis, non morieris in bello”.
Other objects aremore difficult to interpret, like the hand that holds an hourglass – or like the head encased in a white cloud. Don’t miss looking at the floor, there are traces of blood as well as footprints.

Impressions of Sybil by Giovanna Cerise (4)

Sybil is a very interesting exhibtion and it uses the possibilities of Second Life and the different light options very well. Please make sure that you use the advanced lighting, the shared environment and sun+moon and projectors in your viewer setting. There’s a board which explains it at one end of the roofed terrace.

I have never been to Museum Island before. In the landmark description you find the tags: “Museum Island Monuments art culture theater romantic Royal Opera music museums cinema beauty couple dance monuments arts exhibitions artist photo pics wedding live roma venezia Italia Italy” The sim hosts mre exhibitions and I might return. The Museum Island is group owned, the founder of the group is John Noone (johnnoone).

Thank you Giovanna and thank you to all who were involved enabling “Sybil by Giovanna Cerise”

Landmark to Sybil by Giovanna Cerise
wikipedia about Sibyl
Giovanna Cerise’s website

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
Fly Kugin (flyqueeen)’s website
Fly Kugin (flyqueeen)’s flickr
Giovanna Cerise’s website
Deyanira Yalin’s gallery
Deyanira Yalin marketplace store “DeyLyn Creations”
Landmark to Mareea Farrasco’a IMAGO Land
Mareea Farrasco’s flickr

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