This week’s artist of the week really confused me. Vanessa Blaylock, is an artist that does performances using avatars and virtual reality. I did not understand the concept of using virtual reality as a medium for art. I know many people are interested in graphic designing and I thought a lot about that job. Is that also considered art? We watch movies and are unaware of how much hard work was put in to create the visualization. After several discussions, I came to form the opinion that graphic designing is art.
I find Vanessa’s work complex and confusing. The hole avatar thing throws me off. Honestly, I still do not understand the hype over avatars. But after researching more about the artist I started to understand a little more. I liked that the artist uses avatars to change her identity. In a way its her escape from reality and she gets to explore many topics.
I read in an interview that the artist changes her avatar name on a weekly basis. She replied ” My display names are not that profound. But they are a tiny way for me to be in the moment, whatever that may be. To be just a little more fully present in whatever moment this is, whether silly or sublime.” I find her to be a very interesting individual and her outlook on like inspires me. She likes to be herself and experience life to the fullest.
In conclusion, Vanessa Blaylock is a well known artist. It took quite a bit of research to understand what her work is about. I feel that after researching her I have a more wider picture of what art is. It can be anything and everything.
This is my favorite piece of hers. She is getting married to her husband in the avatar world.