Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Juanita Deharo

There are few who understand that SL is a medium.

Those who do understand this, and who are artists have the possibility of creating SL Art. Those who don't import dodgy photos of roses to cover 'gallery' walls or slap poor moving textures on a few badly composed prims or tell third-rate stories to cover up the fact that they haven't understood.

Juanita is one of our best artists. She is talented in both worlds, and is continually trying to push, stretch and cajole pixels in different, sometimes new ways. So anything Juanita has put her name to is well worth checking out.

After a recent trip to Bali she has put together a collage/installation at Arte Libera which opens on the 14th (tomorrow/Wednesday) at 2pm. I would recommend you visit.

She says of her piece.... "This is a sort of photo album of my very recent impressions of Bali, as if they were just pasted into the album at the end of the trip with the contemplation and realization and the memory yet to come. Just impressions and notes.

To look with an artist’s eye at a country that is not your own, to draw and write, to look through the lens of a camera at lives and cultures that are not your own, is a humbling and sometimes frightening experience. One sees things not seen from the comfort of the lounge by the resort pool.

The Bali I know is not the holiday haven serviced by stores selling cheap souvenirs to tourists, but a place where the people and the country struggle daily to accommodate great stresses of change, where tradition dominates, despite the imposition of western influences, where religion and superstition are not only a backstay and a comfort, but also a prison and a system that keeps the populace firmly held in place."

It's called Holiday Snaps.


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