On January 5th, 2007, Bamboo Barnes logged into Second Life for the first time.
The things that move Bamboo are impatient and scary to miss. Her body is driven by art, and she doesn’t want to miss a chance to create something.
Sometimes music mixes with frustration to create something, but most just roam around in it.
This is Bamboo, her art, all of her.
Bamboo’s work is so personal, she don ‘think how will it looks like when shown to others.
She just wants to create something, no ideas, no plans.
Even when she is satisfied with the product, the feeling of happiness disappears immediately, and there remains the worry about the next job and the impatience and stress of making something a little better.
She’ll fight again in the gray mayhem, questioning what she can do to keep going.
Hoping that one day a small spark will turn into a great light to create something that will still look great a year later.
It is a long time that she avoids contact with people as much as possible, and for sure that this has influenced her art. What Bamboo hears is the nourishing music of her mind and the sounds of her breathing as her consciousness moves back and forth between the present and the past.
Bamboo wishes that the colors and compositions in her work make sense to us too, and she hopes if so that they will remain in our memories.
I am always enthusiastic about Bamboo´s work and her personality, and wish her that may there be success at every turn of life and all her dreams come true.
She manages to express feelings with her work,
to draw us into her world and takes us on a journey to new undiscovered worlds.
Interview with Bamboo Barnes
Your life without art would be …
Bamboo: Walking in the town built by Escher.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
Bamboo: Chaotic memories what I had or I hadn’t.
What is your work about?
Bamboo: Wish if I have idea that I can tell you but not really I do…
Maybe they are about the pain, loneliness, expectations that I never should have,
bottom of the heart I will find those are sinking down so never drift away.
How is the artistic process like there? Do you see an object / person / landscape first and then the idea comes up? Or is it upside down?
Bamboo: I start make images without any plans,
1st I chose object which I feel something different than usual then let it flow until I see something new in it.
Bamboo: (While I am creating my works) not good enough.
Currently, the best place for you in SL?
Bamboo: The sim of Haveit Neox, I felt in love with the 1st sight at PORT of SPARQERRY
& ACC Alpha – It was summer of 2012 since then there are my favorite places.
A question that moves you right now …
Bamboo: Are you hungry? (Anytime it works)
Is there a work of art in your life that particularly impressed you?
Bamboo: わたしの話を聞いてくれ・鴨居玲 ( Watashino hanashiwo kiitekure ( Listen to me)- Rei Kamoi) Japanese painter.
What is art for you – now completely independent of the usual definitions?
Bamboo: It is like the air, searching for it to make me alive.
Was there a key experience or has the artist profession always been your dearest wish?
Bamboo: I never thought I would do anything artistic until several years ago,
and as far as I remember there’s no key experience.
What drives you?
Bamboo: Ambition to become better as an artist.
Do you feel understood with your art?
Bamboo: That’s hard to answer,
as you see I am not good at talk about relationship with my art also my art is effected by my very personal experiences.
Do you think that you can make a difference with your art?
Bamboo: If my art let someone start think differently, yes…..
Do you think that everyone is an artist?
Bamboo: If the person find the way of themselves not copying others idea, then the person is an artist so not everyone.
Do you have any role models? If yes, which?
Bamboo: No. I have people who admired but not the role models
What does the term art mean to you?
Bamboo: Make my reality out of it.
Are there any topics that you are particularly interested in implementing?
Bamboo: Show my works in real life …! How I wish.
What is your strength?
Bamboo: Resistance of loneliness I suppose.
What was the best advice you have ever received in SL?
Bamboo: Emotions & feelings are real.
Your next projects, exhibitions. Where your art can be seen?
Bamboo Barnes Bio
“I began making images in Second life in 2011 with avatar screenshots.
Seeing 3D installation works in SL in 2013 changed my art-making path completely, as I fell in love with them.
Since then, I am on my way. After 10 years I am still making images in the metaverse of SL as an artist,
I am learning and developing everyday:
Art is never finished, just abandoned.
The artworks in this exhibit are about my emotions which aren’t clear to see.
I hope that you will see something in them for you. Life goes on.”
Bamboo Barnes wishes to thank:
“Hans Goosson for your constant support.
Haveit Neox , Theda Tammas, Livio Korobase, JadeYu Fhang, Cherry Manga, Rebeca Bashly, Giovanna Cerise, Bryn Oh , Mistero Hifeng and all other 3D installation artists. Your artworks make me stay in Secondlife.
Thank you to all the gallery owners and curators for your endless patience and support.”
Self–taught artist, creating digital art in virtual worlds (Second life) since 2011
EXHIBITIONS OF DIGITAL ARTWORK IN PHYSICAL GALLERIES
2018 Nov – “Queen & Dragon” at LeoniArt Project for Visionary Artworks, Genova, Italy
2021 Feb 27th to March – ” Blue Snow” at Kondor Art center
2020 October – present ArtCare Gallery
2020 Sep– present “Receding Reality” at Ribong Gallery Artspace 2243
2020 Aug–Sep – “Where the Rainbow Ends” at Hannington Endowment for The Arts
2020 April–Sep – “Meant to be” at Itakos Project
2020 Jun – “Tranquil droplet” at Nitroglobus Roof Gallery
2020 Jan 31–May 29 – “Shelter” at MEA
2020 Mar–Apr – “Bamboo Barnes” at Hoot Suite Art Gallery
2019 Oct–2020 Feb. – “Maze” at ArtCare Gallery
2018 Mar 21–May 20 – “Mind” at Koka Gallery
2019 Jul 20–Sep – “Faces” at Art Free
June 2017–present – Ongoing solo exhibits at The Galleries
(2020 Mar, Jul; 2019 Jul, Nov; 2018 Apr, Jul, Dec; 2017 Jun, Nov)