Ongoing virtual residency Agora Digital Art and Metaxa Studio, 2022 (project in progress) and supported by a Time – Space – Money Bursary a-n The Artists Information Company and Arts Council England, 2022
A gang of naked middle-aged female avatars descends from the savage waters of the foaming ocean interspersed with blood. The women have different shapes and sizes, and their faces are crowned with mohawk hairstyles, not unlike a parrot’s ruffled crown. The fantastic imagery is inspired by a series of self-portraits the artist took when turning fifty and enacted spontaneous performances to connect with the natural elements.
The work challenges the construction and portrayal of sexualized female avatars in the digital world and the constant search for perfection that keeps reiterating the idea of the fantasized female body as an object of desire always resembling/representing traditional cannons of beauty based on youth and sculptural bodies.
The immersive format of extended reality (VR and AR, Mozilla Hubs) enables the visitor to observe the beauty of the ageing body and the signs of the natural passing of time from all angles and from extreme close. They witness the women embracing their body as natural and becoming part of the natural world and the pulsating earth and also becoming part of it themselves.
During the research period, middle – aged women were asked to describe their body in a few words and upon those notes the artist created the avatars and visuals displaying the anonymously collected testimonies.