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Artist Spotlight: Feathers Boa

As we prepare for the upcoming Art Auction at the Builder’s Brewery in Second life, we are going to spotlight the awesome people slated to contribute to this amazing event!  This is a Relay For Life Event, and proceeds from the Art Auction will go to benefit the American Cancer Society.  The Art Auction will run June 20-27th, and will kick off with a Masquerade Ball on the 20th!  There will also be events all week to raise money for the cause, so stay tuned for more info!

Artist Spotlight: Feathers Boa

Feathers Boa (aka Mary L. in RL) has been active in the Second Life Art Community for nearly 7 years. When she first joined SL, she was an art student, and is now working as a freelance video game designer in both the US and Japan. In SL, she has established an impressive body of work that includes fully immersive pieces, interactive digital “paintings,” giant robots, and full architectural builds. She participated in NPIRL’s Garden of Earthly Delights exhibition, Burning Life ’09 and has lectured on interactive art in a number of venues. Her work was featured in Rinascimento Virtuale, held in Florence, Italy in October 2008, as well as an SL/RL crossover exhibition at the Harbor Gallery in 2010. Her work has been shown in dozens of galleries throughout SL most recently at Crossworlds Gallery.



She recently returned to creating art in Second Life after an extended break to focus on her real life career.



“What I look for is ways to use SL as a medium. To create something which could not exist in the REAL WORLD. Something surprising and unique to the virtual world. My work is not always about beauty, but I am obsessed by beauty especially in the female form. I believe that we are seeing a new form of creative expression being born in SL and other virtual worlds. There are so many talented people here and that the best is yet to come.”



Feathers trolls junk shops and back alleys to find interesting objects such as old sepia photos, newspapers, postcards, letters, broken watches, etc., to create many of her pieces. She either photographs these objects using a Nikon digital camera or uses her Epson RX580 scan bed to scan them directly into Photoshop. These “found” objects usually form the central images of her pieces. She also uses Cinema 4D, Vue and ZBrush to create wholly digital 3D objects. She sees textures everywhere and never leaves home without her camera in her handbag or backpack. When the digital work is complete, she brings textures into SL and adds them to objects to make sculptures or to multi-layered canvases and then makes them come alive using simple LSL scripts. Each work “reacts” to the presence of the viewer in unique ways and must be seen to be believed.



Born on the outskirts of Philadelphia, PA and at a mere 26 years old, Feathers is still learning new ways to make art every day.



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