Artist of the Week: Vanessa Blaylock

Vanessa Blaylock is an avatar artist. She has an identity in real life and identity online which is created through avatars

Much of Blaylock’s work revolves around identity. On her website she notes that she invites other avatar communities to express their identity, explore their culture, and demand their civil rights. I find that interesting that she’s kind of political in a sense or trying to empower people through avatars.

It was really weird to look at her work or at least try to research her work, because I don’t necessarily look at her as an artist or think of her work as an artist. This sort of reminds me of just any person who can create an avatar with almost any game, sort of like the Sims? Like it’s the computer who’s kind of creating this image.  Sure, a person can decide what they look like and make them as interesting as possible but at the end of the day it’s the computer who’s creating this avatar. I was not interested in her work at all, and did not really bother looking much deeper into avatars and maybe that was something that I should have but for the most part I don’t have much of an interest in looking at it.


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