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Wednesday 10 August 2022

Body Language/The Invisible Woman by Wicked Eiren


June-July 2022 exhibition @ the Annex of Nitroglobus: Body Language/The Invisible Woman by Wicked Eiren.

This was the first time Wick showed her work at an SL art gallery. and of course I am super proud she choose Nitroglobus. Proud to present this intriguing and very emotional exhibition by Wicked who with these images asked for acknowledgement of/attention for her situation, and that of many others in the world who are suffering from Central Sensitivity Syndromes (CSSs), an umbrella term which houses a series of complex chronic diseases like myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), fibromyalgia, and many more. 

A diseases that you can not see, but which needs to be heard, the silent scream!

My special thanks goes to Adwehe for her awesome light art, specially created for this exhibition.

I am an invisible woman.
Not because people refuse to see me.
They know I am here.
But it's as if my (pain) detracts from my existence.
My presence too often mistaken for absence.
I am an invisible woman.

poem by Toni Blackman


Description of the exhibition by Wick

SL is a creative relief for me and emotionally it is a way to express what I can not have in RL. My artistic challenge is trying to make SL photography look like RL photography with the help of digital elements. I am inspired by Tim Booth. His versatile work encompasses portraiture, storytelling, and dreamy landscapes. And they’re executed with immaculate technique. I love how Booth explores shutter speed to evoke particular emotions. All without taking attention away from the story.

Booth’s approach to light on the human body is also stunning. I try to capture my moments or imaginations with the help of my digital avatars. It gives me time to concentrate and focus in a world that goes so much faster. My brain is so slow, that it feels like running through thick honey.. but it is not sweet coz everyone is long past in the conversation when my words and ideas have finally caught up! A side effect of my illness.

Heavy by Wicked Eiren

Body Language/The Invisible Woman exhibition:

What was once a vibrant beautiful engaging woman who's passion was dancing, now hides from a world which has no understanding of this disease.

People only see “you look normal on the outside”  no one knows who I was before this disease took me. You cover your body and start to shield it from light, touch, sound, and movement...eventually love!

You try to join the living and put on a face for others, but the cycle repeats after you return home, the inner scream your body rebels and no one can see the pain inside, never knowing if or when you overdo. Receiving remarks as ”you look fine” or 'it must be in her head'...the stress you battle within and the pain in your limbs. 

More about Wick:


More info about CSSs http://www.bcwomens.ca/health-info/living-with-illness/living-with-complex-chronic-disease

Sound by Wicked Eiren


The opening party was on Monday, 27 June, 12 PM SLT and started with a short contemporary ballet by Milena and Lalitha Carbone, followed by tunes of DJ Niels and particles by Kurk Mumfuzz, who replaced Venus Adored, using her particles.

images by Ed Rhode of a rehearsal session @ Milena's studio

video of rehearsal session by me

At the time of the party there was a big big problem with rezzing in SL. Everybody who entered the gallery was an orange cloud. Because I was an orange cloud too, Haiku was so kind to take my place and dance with Milena and Lalitha.

This problem with rezzing was also responsible for the little amount of images of the opening party. 



The following cool reviews were written about Wick's exhibition:

image by Inara Pey

Inara Pey wrote a moving and indepth
article in her blog 'Living in a Modemworld' about the exhibition:

'Similarly, the use of black-and-white images is evocative of the manner in which life might appear to feel: washed of colour and vitality; a plain mix of light and dark that personifies the wish to retreat, to hide. It also most effectively underscores the central tenet to the exhibition, as does the intentional monochrome lighting and overall presentation of the hall itself a monochromatic finish of its own: that those who experience CCD / CSS so often encounter a two-dimensional response from others: they are seen, but not who they are, because their pain causes them to be denied true expression and/or to be cosseted, be it out of lack of understanding (the aforementioned “it’s all in her head”) or over-protective response (“you shouldn’t be doing that! Let ME take care of it!”) that can be as equally denying and born of a lack of understanding.'


image by Frank Atisso

Frank Atisso also wrote a cool article in his blog 'ART KORNER' about this exhibition. Moreover, he larded it with stunning images. 
Frank wrote:

'Wick has paid great attention to her composition and lighting as she always does. The texture of the skin and the facial expressions in her photographs seem extremely real. The anguish and the silent scream of the woman tormented by CSS is plain to see through these images.'


image by Diomita Maurer

Diomita Maurer wrote an interesting review in het blog 'Diomita and Jenny Maurer's Blog'
Diomita wrote:

'Wicked Eiren is from Wales and lives in Canada nowadays. She’s in Second Life since 2009. She wrote in the accompanying notecard, that her challenge is to make SL photography look like RL photography with the help of digital elements. And looking at the showcasted monochrome pictures of this exhibition I can confirm that she succeeded. Chapeau!'


Almost at the end of the exhibition this article in FOCUS magazine was published by Joannna Kitten. Super Kitten, big hug.



main players: left to right DJ Niels, Wick and Kurk

light artist Adwehe


Tuesday 9 August 2022

Colores Primarios by Bamboo Barnes


overview of the gallery with in front the light art created by Adwehe

The July 2022 exhibition at the main hall of Nitroglobus: COLORES PRIMARIOS by the artist Bamboo Barnes. Too late to visit the exhibition coz it has been removed and replaced by the August one by the time this blog post is published. However, you will find in this article lots of images, reviews and info about how wonderful this exhibition was. 

The poster made by David Silence, based on an image of Bamboo

The opening party took place on Monday 4 July 12 PM SLT.  starting with a contemporary ballet created by Milena Carbone and performed by Lalitha, Milena and Dido.

 image by Adwehe 

See also the cool video Cully Collas (Magus Magus) made of the performance with the original music on Vimeo.

Mihailsk also made a nice video showing showing images of the dance on Vimeo.

image made by Hermes Kondor


Music at the opening party was in the hands of Mrs Beerbaum
DJ hEIN! was super helpful and shot particles replacing Venus and Kurk who both were busy RL.

Furthermore I wish to express my gratitude to David Silence for the excellent poster he made and to Adwehe for the awesome light art she created. 
The sculpture I placed in the gallery was a work in pink by Suzanne Graves.

Description of the exhibition by the artist:
In a hot and humid room, blue at the hem of the curtains.
In a windless room, red on the floor.
In closing your eyes and seeing it disappear, yellow.

What color is the ground you cower on?
What color is the sigh your breath makes?
What color is that place where you fall asleep?

What are your basic colors?

It has been more than 10 years since I started my creative activities, but I still don't know what I want to look for. Just like the passage of time. I drift along, drawn by the red shimmer.
Bamboo Barnes


Several reviews were published about Bamboo's excellent exhibition:

Diomita Maurer wrote an indepth article in her blog Diomita and Jenny Maurer's Blog and she included lots of cool images.

image by Diomita Maurer

Diomita wrote:
'I was in particular fascinated by “Assemble 3!”. This picture is exhibited 3 times and all hand side by side. But as it is a picture (actually each picture consists already of two pictures) with a moving layer, each look different, all the time and Bamboo created a particular effect by hanging them in a row.Once again on wing of the exhibition room is separeted with a transparent picture through which you can look through and walk through. It adds an additional 3D effect.

Very fitting to all the colours, Adwehe made the light effects again, colourful balls. And thinking of Bamboo’s description, I could ask myself: Which ball is mine?'

Inara Pey published as always a great article in Living in a Modemworld.

image by Inara Pey

Inara wrote: 
'But what if, rather than standing as simple reflections of mood or state, colours were a genuine outflow of every moment of life; something informed by where we are, what we are feeling, events recently passed, and so on? Colours that, if visible, would literally paint our lives for all to see – what would they show? How would they ebb and flow? Would they further reveal us, giving expression to not only the emotions we are feeling, but the depth of those emotions (Neon Glitch)? Would they be forever flicking and changing, moment to moment (the Assemble 3 series)? Would they offer a reflection of us that is real, or own that is blurred by our own confusion?'


Frank Atisso wrote in Art Korner a short article accompanied by 3 great images

image by Frank Atisso

Frank wrote: 'In many ways, Bamboo has always used these primary colors to great effect in her past work as well. However, in this case, they play a pivotal role with a special focus on red, the one color which has fascinated her perhaps a bit more than others.

Each of us has our set of colors we feel comfortable to work with and which please us immensely. An artist, in many ways, is always on a journey towards finding the right mix that suits them. And as they drift along this journey come several fascinating discoveries, which help them hone their craft.'


Images of the Opening party

main players

light artist Adwehe

from left to right: Milena, Lalitha and dido


DJ Mrs Beerbaum