Among the most elegant “graphic dreamers” pointed out by our very busy Luciana Pinazzo (come back Luciana, this site is waiting for you…) there is surely Gioelececed, aka Jinny Silvershade in Second Life, aka Giovanna Silvestri. Mondivirtuali.it contacted her for a short interview and she kindly agreed.
Lukemary Slade: Giovanna, how was born your passion for computer graphics?
Gioelececed: In RL I was a teacher of Latin and Greek in addition to being passionate about Art History and with the pastime of figurative drawing (with sanguine pencil); when I had to leave my job, for serious family reasons, through the reading of the “Guida facile alla tua prima Second Life” of Lu Coronet (“Easy guide to your Second Life“, edited in 2007 by Sperling & Kupfer of wich talked Nunzia Mayo, ed), I fell in love with Second Life. Not satisfied with an avatar with my appearance, I created six other, to be able to photograph different female types and also a male model.
L.S.: Do you use only the graphic editor of Second Life for your images or you do use editing programs like The Gimp, Photoshop or other?
G.: I am a self-taught in the use of computer, my first attempts as a virtual photographer date back to 2007. Shortly after, I started using habitually free editing program The Gimp, which allowed me to give more free rein to imagination and creativity. Digital photography has helped me to face and overcome difficult moments of my life.
G.: My images are inspired, for the most part, to well-known songs, but also to haute couture of some famous fashion designers in Second Life and the greek-roman mythology. Each of my images had their own reason to be, at the precise moment in which it was born. I also enjoyed photographing artists that I initially appreciated on Koinup and subsequently met “in world”. Their friendship has been really valuable to me. Some, as La Baroque and Lookatmy Back, rather then Belinda Baroque, Susy Halcali and Reddline, have allowed me to exhibit my works in solo and group exhibitions as “Secret Ladies”, at BelBa Station, and “Female Archetypes”, at Colore Art Gallery, both in 2010. From 2013 I collaborate with The Blue Moon Gallery, where I currently have five works on display in the exhibition “My Red Angels”.
L.S.: What hits you in virtual worlds: avatars, environments, the possibility of confontarti with other artists, or more?
G.: I was, and remain, a humanist. So the avatar is always the focus of my work.
G.: Yes, even though in reality I find congenial also portray other artists, whether they are Koinuppers or musicians as Gianni Testa, the music maker and performer whose avatar I created myself and whom binds me a feeling of affection so deep that I hope to soon be able to do some kind of projects with him.
L.S.: Greetings certainly, but do you have any other dream that you hope to achieve in the Art field?
G.: Any other experience of artistic value attracts me: are exhibitions (online or in RL) of paintings or exclusive items of furniture, made in plexiglass or other material of good usability. I believe you can do a lot even if, for the moment, I am, and still I feel, an amateur appreciated, even a lot, but never, or almost never, economically supported.
G.: Who wants to start producing digital images in a metaverse, I recommend: passion, imagination, very hard work, ability to relate with other artists and industry professionals, in a manner always polite and attentive, but, above all, a great tenacity. And a lot, a lot of patience! A friendly kiss to all from your Gioelececed.
L.S.: Many thanks to you for your exquisite availability, Gioelececed. And to our readers the usual advice: stay tuned on the site as well as through our account on Twitter and our fanpage on Facebook (but remember: Mondivirtuali is even on Flickr, on Scoop.it and on Paper.li).