Think for a minute about what makes you fabulous and how you can celebrate it.”
– Laura Mercier
What started out as a set of 100 portraits to help illustrate the idea of online anonymity, has turned into a documentation of Second Life avatars at a challenging time of our virtual history.
The portraits record a moment in the lives of more than a thousand people who are, to me, fearless. These people have put themselves out there into the brave new world of virtual environments as explorers – explorers searching for anything and everything. They are amazing, creative, soulful people who I am so honored to have in my project.
I have collected these portraits into two printed books. This is Volume 1 which was released on May 31st, 2011.
Dedicated to my dear friend, the late Delinda Dryssen, “1000 Avatars” is a fine art book by Kristine Schomaker, aka Gracie Kendal.
Kristine Schomaker, is a Los Angeles based new media and performance artist, painter and art historian. She received her BA in Art History and her MA in Studio Art from California State University at Northridge. For over 12 years, she has been experimenting with various interdisciplinary art forms including using online virtual worlds and social networking technologies to connect with international audiences and local arts communities. Gracie’s current work explores notions of online identity, specifically the construction of Avatars. Her work as a whole stands as an allegory of the relationship between appearance and identity, illusion, belief and reality. Two projects she is presently working on include, “My Life as an Avatar: The Gracie Kendal project” and “1000 Avatars” a contemporary anthropology of portraits of avatars in the virtual world of Second Life.