Janine Portal is one of the most talented and creative artists in SL. Although she is a real life artist with a degree in painting, her creative mind found out better ways to express her works with the help of various inworld resources that SL has to offer. These new possibilities helped her develop a very unique style that she is well known for today.
Recently, Janine started displaying her new and very interesting works at The Rose Galleries in an exhibition, titled “Afterimage“. As per Wikipedia, an afterimage (or ghost image) is an optical illusion of an image that persists in one’s vision after the exposure to the original sight has ended.
In her own words:
“My artistic style of layering several images, one on top of the other, serves as a literal metaphor for many planes or realities existing in the same space or, as I’m implying in this show, the varieties of use and experience a single space might serve over time.
Where I stand, today, someone else may have stood, laughed, or cried, or contemplated their god. It’s possible they built a house right here, with their bare hands, just 100 years ago. A house already lost to time and decay and progress.
It’s not simply the recent past in which I’m interested. There are ancient echoes and energetic memories locked into walls and soil. Shadows cast. Echoes of risings and fallings, of laughter, birth and death. I believe everything is recorded somewhere, somehow, and much of it may still be playing in the background of that empty building or schoolyard or grove of trees.”
Intriguing, isn’t it?
There is a reception at The Rose Art Gallery #8 this evening at 5pm SLT where Janine herself would be present. We will have some music and a small party where you can meet and greet the artist and ask her more to know about her thoughts and her special works. Everyone is invited – Please do join us!