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Is this anything?

I was recently engaged, as I often am, by an image that made me want to explore it more personally. I have done a bunch of dioramas replicating vintage book and magazine covers, movie posters, etc. I seem to have a desire not just to make art, but to become art.

My most recent obsession is one of many images by Salvador Dali in which he adds a bunch of drawers to a human figure. If you do a Google image search for “Dali drawers”, you’ll see what I mean.  The most famous piece is probably his “Anthropomorphic Cabinet.” But this is the drawing that caught my attention. It’s a sketch for part of a 4-panel screen. (I haven’t found any images of the final work, and as far as I know the project was never completed.)

Dali did several variations, including the painting called “The Burning Giraffe“.I set about reproducing the image with my own body in SL. It was a little more complicated that I’d anticipated. I ended up making a special all-white skin with basically an alpha-layer transparent torso (drawer space). It’s always difficult to find hair that matches an existing picture, but I had one that was not too far off. Since it’s just a pencil sketch, I didn’t have to do much with the background.  I had to revise the pose a few times, but the trickiest part of this scene was actually making the shadow texture for the drawer pulls. I did a bit of Photoshop post production on this shot, which I don’t normally do for this kind of image. It was mostly an issue of making my av thinner.

The diorama is a set piece with camera control. But I thought it might be fun to have a wearable version as well 🙂

Entirely coincidentally, I came across this wonderful Hubble image of the Eagle nebula. The gas column shown is roughly 100 trillion km high. (Yes, trillion.)

Is it just me, or does this image look remarkably similar to Dali’s sketch?

I’m not reading anything into this. Dali died the year before Hubble was launched and the drawing was made back in 1935. But since I was attuned to the drawing, the nebula image just knocked me out. The mind likes to organize things and find patterns in randomness.  You can see the actual diorama on my laboratory platform at: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Artemisia/165/204/2508

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