“Our dreams are a second life.” ~Gerard de Nerval
Part of the fascination of Kristine Schomaker’s art is the way she blurs the lines between the real and virtual worlds. In her newest project, A Comfortable Skin, Kristine brings digital avatars to real life. In this bright new film by Eric Minh Swenson you can watch the artist at work, and see how this new concept evolved from a series of works with her Second Life avatar Gracie Kendal, and her plans for a new interworld exhibit.
More about Kristine and the video, from the site:
A Comfortable Skin documents how Kristine Schomaker uses avatars as a vehicle to bring more attention to the obsession society has with physical appearance.
Kristine Schomaker is a new media and performance artist, painter and art historian living and working at the Brewery artist complex in Los Angeles California. She received her BA in Art History and her MA in Studio Art from California State University at Northridge. For over 14 years, she has been working with various interdisciplinary art forms including online virtual worlds to explore notions of online identity and the hybridization of digital media with the physical world.
Whether physical or virtual, the object-based work Kristine creates combines elements of color-based gestural abstraction, animation, pattern and design, neo-Baroque and Populence. Using installation, text, photography, mixed media, video and performance for her ongoing conceptual project My Life as an Avatar, she visualizes a narrative/dialogue with her virtual persona, Gracie Kendal.
In early 2012, Kristine turned an art gallery into a re-creation of Gertrude Stein’s salon and held a mixed reality performance/dinner party at the opening. Over the summer she also performed The Bald and the Beautiful in which she had her head shaved as a statement to challenge society’s standards of beauty.
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Film by Eric Minh Swenson. Music by Paul Kwo. Second Life footage by Nina Camplin.