This is the first of the pictures I made to explore identity, gender and the way we are conditioned to look at people.
It is a female avatar with a female skin with a beard in a military outfit, Then military outfit is both modern and of world war II vintage. There are more references towards world war II.
I am working on a series of images that play around with identity. Next to the Fatherland and With A Pearl I made American Gothic 2015. It is Inspired by the famous painting by Grant Wood. It is not just a parody as it is meant to be more than a funny change of the original. It is meant to be explored.
The essence of the picture is the two avatars. They are both male avatars with male hair and such. The only female part is their skin and, of course, the way they dress and your thinking. For it is your mind that tags gender on them.
Because of my background I am interested in identity, gender and how one presents oneself. In Second Life one can create an identity according to their own wishes, up to a certain extent.
As part of this I made a few images that capture this.
The first one is called: with-a-pearl after a famous painting(and now a movie): the girl with with the pearl earring.(in Dutch: Meisje met de parel). It is part of a series that explores identity and was meant to be shown at the 12th edition of Second Lives birthday. I think it won’t be.
This picture shows a female shape with a male skin and a mustache. What part makes it male and what part makes it female?
Another set of pictures with stories made by an artist with the aid of second life. She also combine pictures with stories.
Her art differs somewhat in that it had been changed a lot more then the previous artists. Some are so changed that you hardly can see they are made in Second Life.
I would like to be able to love and hate to see the Color Variations of the World. But I only see Black and White and I feel nothing … I just feel the Desire for Humanity
I made a picture with myself in it. Heh. This image I found interesting because I am intrigued by the concept of identity. In Second Life (SL) we can choose our looks. We can be something we can’t be in real life (RL) and we can even experiment with behaviors we can experiment with in RL. And interesting example is here: http://dish.andrewsullivan.com/2013/07/01/whats-a-bisexual-anyway-ctd-4/. I am less interested in the article, but more in the movie, as I am not so much interested about the sexual aspect(which is something people like going on about) but about how people somehow have a desire to be something else and thus express it by dressing up as furries in real life for example. I must admit: I was a bit startled by it all(not shocked). After some thinking I started to understand a bit what people dressing up as those furries might feel. It is something I associate with tinies (a creature that is a often an small intelligent animal or a mix of animal and human, like a furry but smaller).
A kind of innocence.
The above picture is something that touches this subject. What is humanity and what is not? And why do some people want to be something that is not like a human? Is it because as human they lacks something or is it something humanity lacks as a whole? The one wants to be human and the other doesn’t want to be.
In Humans, it is like the Animals You love them, You bury them and then it’s over They become Victims of Past..
I don’t have much to say about this one. Just look at it 🙂