I feel like, in SL as in RL, a bunch of pretty buildings are only buildings unless you can bring people together and make friends and have fun. – Tricia Aferdita
While I started this column to profile artists who were breaking new ground in Second Life, I’ve broken my own mould a little with these ‘Extra’ articles, having felt compelled to talk about the recent outstanding and controversial work of Rose Borchovski. So before I return you to your regularly scheduled programming (with an Ekphrasis I am VERY excited about, I might add), I want to introduce – or re-acquaint you, as the case may be – to someone I had the pleasure of meeting early on, whose work in the SL art world I greatly admire.
Tricia Aferdita is the ideal arts patron. An artist herself, Tricia understands both the needs of the artists as well as learned the skills required to effectively organise an exhibit and run a gallery. An easy conversationalist with a charming and fun demeanour, Tricia is the tireless and graceful hostess of Avalon, wearing the caps of Town Manager, Arts Curator, and Events Director simultaneously. And is, of course, owner of the Tricia Aferdita Gallery. She is much loved in the SL art scene, and her petite, stunningly pixie form houses seemingly limitless energy as well as a cunning mind that has organised and planned a number of exhibits and events with the greatest of ease. All of these factors make her the perfect person to produce and present the programme Metaverse Arts, a brand new show covering the art and artists of the virtual worlds, produced by Treet TV and Prim Perfect Productions.
I caught up with Tricia at her gallery in Avalon, where she had a chat with me about her life in the SL art world.
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