Oema reviews The Good Days Gallery:
I went to visit it intrigued by the images shared on Facebook in order to promote it.
The art exhibition is both 2d and 3d, in fact the gallery is “inhabited” by various stylized statues depicting women’s bodies.
Two words About the Artist:
Hillany Scofield first joined Second Life in 2007 and began creating very early after, trying out the possibilities of the powerful tools for building and creating clothes.
After being a host and manager in the famous Housemusic Club “Scoutlounge”, she started blogging fashion and soon was asked to join some fashion magazines, such as Trempe and Ferosh,
Then in 2010 when the firestorm tools were developed, she explored the possibilities of SL photography which up until the present day is her real passion and in her view most rewarding field of her creative Slife.
As an artist she has had numerous exhibitions in SL art galleries and is also the owner of “Hills Gallery” that has hosted talented artist like Jammie Hill and Joslyn Benson in the past.
This humble artist draws her inspiration from her fellow artists and photographers who she shares her SL experiences with. Hills believes A great inspiration also is the nature of human relationships.
During the past years she collaborated with many of her admired artists, such as Aran M June, William Weaver and only recently with GoodCross, the curator of “The Good Days” Gallery which you are visiting today 🙂
Hills’ photography is described as highly erotic and sensual, while she adds that her aim is to make human emotions visible. This creative process to also includes dealing with and expressing the emotional side SL. This is both rewarding and challenging in her view.
“Immersed” – an exhibition about the duality of being an insular individual in a world of contexts, interests, opinions, rules. – wether it is the so called “real life” or this, our “second life”. .
We find safety, community and acceptance, but we also stumble, fall, feel trapped and isolated. So what do we do?
We break out, we question ourselves, we go back with the flow. Or we try to dance away the pain….
The images display the same women’s bodies in different environmental contexts.
The artist, in the presentation of her exhibition, talks about the need to overcome the pain that life (the real one) leads us every day, and the need to take refuge in a “place of peace” (as Slife in fact).
It seems, therefore, that the Slife was both the imaginary world of the imagination, of the satisfaction of those expectations that we Rlife does not give.
Soon, however, the explorer understands that even the Slife, being a world populated by people, brings relational problems, dissatisfactions, frustrations.
Somebody searchs in Slife job opportunities that does not have in the RLife.
Perhaps in RLife are employed and they are Slife fashion designers, trying to satisfy, in this way, a job dissatisfaction.
The dream soon fades, the reality is that, however, even in Slife there are difficulties, obstacles to overcome. Even in Slife if you are really good at what you do you can earn and be very successful, however, if your commitment is poor you can not accomplish much.
The Slife is no different from RLife, changes the way you relate to people, which is done through the computer.
And the way to relate it more difficult to understand people, communicate with them, creates more misunderstandings and obstacles.
As a result, the frustrations are greater, and because we think that in the world of fantasy everything must be accessible easily, either because the computer makes it difficult to have a broad and deep understanding of the people around us.
The disappointments are more bitter, because “when you fall from the top does more harm”, in fact the larger is the illusion, the greater the disappointment.
What struck me immediately observing the Hillany Scofield images is the presence of “someone who falls” in the midst of a crowd indifferent.
A subject is in the ground, it feels the pain, as well as it hears the collective indifference.
And this is, in fact, particularly true for women, who the artist describs.
Women, in fact, are not allied nor friends, but for the most part are rivals.
Friendship is rare, even the seemingly jovial reports are instrumental in achieving some end.
Women are competitive, but not in a good way.
Often unsure of themselves, they claim from their man ever greater assurances.
And the man, in turn, do not have the perception of a solid relationship, but he feared that any day now the relationship is over, maybe for a foolishness.
Women-girls, who are not of any example.
Our grandmothers were columns in the family and in society, women of today flake family first “cold”, and close friendships with other women for trivial reasons, often because of envy.
Hillany Scofield denounces a sick society of women of leadership and indifference to the suffering of other women.
Even the environments that you are proposing are cold both in colors and style.
So what path you can take to get out of this suffering, this real and virtual alienation?
The artist says that you can go “beyond pain” in the sense that, since you can not change society, the environment in which we live, we can at least overcome the pain, the suffering of living in this harsh environment first of all from a relational point of view.
I personally believe that we should not go “beyond pain” but “through it.”
Cross the pain means to accept and see it fade away with time.
Like all things.
Means, not “turn the page” but “add a page” to the Book of Life.
Because nothing like the pain brings with it a strong personal and emotional growth.
I invite you, as always, to see for yourself the Gallery, because the emotions, the feelings, are personal.
So visiting it you will have the chance to live your (own) artistic experience.