overhead photograph from the 2nd floor balcony at Eostara's Contemporary Art looking down at the VB15 performance. 16 avatars in a 4x4 grid take on the body image variations of Gracie Kendall the avatar and Kristine Schomaker her "typist." Across the tableaux vivant the body image changes from anorexic to obese and down the rows of avatars the dress changes from artist to evening wear to naked.

VB15 – Gracie / Kris

VB15 – Gracie / Kris

Eostara’s Contemporary Art
6 March 2010

Through her virtual life and her blog My Life as an Avatar Gracie Kendal has attempted to integrate the power she feels in her Second Life with the lack of power she feel in her First Life. In VB15 – Gracie / Kris we explore the matrix of life possibilities. VB/CO Avatar Designer NightOwl Meridoc worked with Gracie to create a series of avatar shapes that morphed from her slender virtual shape to her heavier physical shape, and a range of outfits from “painter” to “club goer.”

The sway from realism to romanticism has been a powerful pendulum axis in both art and life with voices like Charles Baudelaire challenging artists to depict “real” life as real people actually live it, even as voices like Dale Wasserman chant “maddest of all is to see life as it is and not as it should be.”

VB15 - Gracie / Kris
VB15 – Gracie / Kris