Art in Second Life 2021 (89) “From my bed I dream of life” by SH Tutti

Saturday, August 21st, I had some time left before lunch and decided to visit Second Life Endowment for the Arts SLEA and to see another of the current installations there “From my bed I dream of life” by SH Tutti (secondhandtutti). Her installation is in the SLEA Region 3 and will be available until end of 2021.

Impressions of “From my bed I dream of life” by SH Tutti (1) – at the landing point

You get a notecard before entering the installation. SH Tutti wrote about her installation: “The visions of mortality. The visions of an artist. The dreams of creation.
A bed that floats in the middle (arrival point) over a body of water (emotions) and surrounding it in all directions are images (predominantly 3d) of the artist dreams: The vision of a city made of clouds that leads into a child’s playground of fantastical animal sculptures that leads into a dark cave containing a hint of monsters that leads into a spring nest of revival that leads into the ocean of Summer and LIFE!

Right when you arrive at the bed there’s another text introducing the installation:
My mind is unsettled… my body is not mine, not min this spectacle… no no, not mine this fragile vine. I remember… remember, Images play across the landscape out my window… I remember. And dreams ride the back of clouds, like lightbeams set free to carry me to places beyond me, yet inside me, above me, below me, floating out in all directions… Dreams of life, of creation, emotional capitulations gushing from this body not mine, not mine this viraled thing, lost in a track of time, resolved to watching clouds and dreams and nightmares and what ifs and one days. Oh how they carry me away.

Impressions of “From my bed I dream of life” by SH Tutti (2)

From the landing you can see already quite a lot of colourful objects close by or far away. I walked around a bit and fall …. into the nightmare part. It’s not too scary, a strange faceless person is dancing there and there’s a way out. Moving along in the installation “From my bed I dream of life” is quite easy. You walk (no fly zone) and you get teleported somewhere else when you click on of the wake up signs. This way you can experience the different dream elements of SH Tutti. Alternatively you ride one of the 4 clouds right at the landing spot. Each one brings you to a different area of the installation.

Impressions of “From my bed I dream of life” by SH Tutti (3)

SH Tutti must dream very colourful (unfortunately my dreams aren’t that colourful as much as I am aware about them). Her objects are artful interpretations of places, or fragments of the dreams. There’s a street with rowhouses in different colours, there’s a magic palace with a large dancing area before it. There’s a stage and a quite large auditorium (I assume used for the grand opening on August 16th, 2021).

There’s a circle of rabbits on the top of a rock, there are figures that reminded me of the sculptures made by Niki de Saint Phalle in the physcial world. There’s a colourful board with many geometrical forms and a throne where you can sit – afterwards I saw a sign behind the throne “Get a DNA Download. Have a seat“. Eeeep, someone manipulating my DNA?

Impressions of “From my bed I dream of life” by SH Tutti (4)

There’s a nice love cloud, a big rainbow, a beach with two dancing figures. There’ simply a lot to see and discover. And everything changes permanently, moving clouds, shadows. SH Tutti plays a lot with transparent walls with textures applied to them. I hope that my pictures give an impression of what to expect when you visit – a dreamland, a fantasy, art.

Impressions of “From my bed I dream of life” by SH Tutti (5)

I have come across SH Tutti (secondhandtutti) just once so far back in 2019 when I visited Lyric Art Gallery (read here). SH Tutti (secondhandtutti) is in Second Life sinceSeptember 2017. She says about herself:
I can create things whether people like them or not, it doesn’t matter, for it comes from inside me and for those willing or open to knowing me, they will see who I am through my builds, my art. Welcome to my world!
I hope my artwork will always remain light and joyful, a reminder of the wonder of fantasy. And please do remember I have a human heart, so please be kind.

Impressions of “From my bed I dream of life” by SH Tutti (6)

SH Tutti has had quite a lot exhibtions since she joined SL. If you open the short biography of SH Tutti, that is embedded in the notecard about “From my bed I dream of life” you can get a list. SH Tutti is very active, she has her own blog, her own gallery spaces and showrooms, her own store on the marketplace  and she has a flickr account .

Thank you Tansee for your work for SLEA, thank you SH Tutti (secondhandtutti) for this installation. I enjoyed my visit.

Landmark to Second Life Endowment for the Arts SLEA
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SLEA7/23/26/55
Direct landmark to SLEA 3 “From my bed I dream of life” by SH Tutti
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SLEA3/128/128/46
SH Tutti (secondhandtutti)’s blog
http://www.SecondHandTutti.wordpress.com
SH Tutti Creations Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Claressa/5/88/41
SH Tutti Artist Showroom @ Carmel Art Community
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/McFarren/85/210/1526
SH Tutti’s store on marketplace
https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/203467
SH Tutti’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/159126359@N08/

Simploring 2019 (29) SH Tutti and Michiel Bechir at Lyric Art Gallery

Monday, March 4th, I visited Lyric Art Gallery to see the exhibtion of SH Tutti and Michiel Bechir. I came aross it following Inara Pey’s “Living in a Modemworld” blog where I read about her visit to the exhibition (Chalkboards and photographs in Second Life).

The Lyric Art Gallery is embedded in a modern fantasy roleplay sim called “Sea Island Modern Fantasy Roleplay”. The provided landmark leads directly to the entrance of the gallery. The gallery itself has 2 stories. On the ground floor the art of SH Tutti is exhibited, on the 2nd floor that of Michiel Bechir.

Lyric Art Gallery

I haven’t come across SH Tutti (secondhandtutti) and Michiel Bechir before. SH Tutti (secondhandtutti) is quite shortly in Second Life, she joined in September 2017. She says about herself:
I can create things whether people like them or not, it doesn’t matter, for it comes from inside me and for those willing or open to knowing me, they will see who I am through my builds, my art. Welcome to my world!
Despite her comparably short time in Second Life, she had already several exhibtions. She runs a store at the marketplace and writes a blog. The exhibtion at Lyric Art Gallery shows her chalkboard art. She took pictures from SL and processed them so that they look like being painted with chalkboard. And to make it even more evident, there’s an eraser and a piece of chalkboard at each exhibit.
The processing into chalkboard pictures provides a new persective on what we see in Second Life. I read in SH Tutti’s notecard, which you can grab at the exhibtion, that a doll, she named it Nomi, is hidden in every piece of her art. Can you see it?
Along with the 14 chalkboard pictures, three large sculptures are exhibited at Lyric Art Gallery

SH Tutti (secondhandtutti) at Lyric Art Gallery

As opposed to SH Tutti, Michiel Bechir is quite a while in Second Life already (since 2007). Michiel art deals also with pictures taken within Second Life. He says about himself:
I have started my long virtual journey as a photographer in Second Life in 2009.
First my main motivation was to share the richness of creations of all those different sims, with all their aspects. I discovered the options offered by several photo tools, which helped me to improve the shots I captured. By editing them I try to add a personal touch and feeling.
Michiel’s pictures are impressive as the processing makes them more colourful and highlights the beauty or the original picture. It’s nice to recognize places, I’ve been to myself like Dunkirk – La Digue du Braek  or Wild Edge.

Michiel Bechir at Lyric Art Gallery

I enjoyed my visit to Lyric Art Gallery. Thank you SH Tutti and Michiel Bechir for this nice and inspiring exhibtion and thank you to those that provided the spave for the art. I assume, that’s AineMari Flanagan, who founded the group that owns “Sea Island Modern Fantasy Roleplay”.

Landmark to Lyric Art Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sea/62/53/21
Inara Pey’s blog post “Chalkboards and photographs in Second Life”
https://modemworld.me/2019/03/02/chalkboards-and-photographs-in-second-life/
SH Tutti (secondhandtutti)’s blog
http://www.SecondHandTutti.wordpress.com