an artist who has always painted and drawn and was encouraged to do so from an early age.
Driven by curiosity and desire, she only takes a break “when the job is done”, not when she is tired.
Influenced by a strong and independent woman and in love with fashion and art,
she captures an emotion or an idea or even just a fascinating light –
or a glimpse of a dream and translates it into her work.
Honey Bender is also an excellent designer and owns a Second Life store called “Bender“.
Her works of art and designs are aesthetic, elegant, with a skillful play between light and shadow,
she always manages to draw our attention to the essentials.
Honey Bender is a very warm, humorous, wonderful artist who enriches Second Life in many ways.
Interview with Honey Bender
Your life without art would be …
Honey: …rather sad and boring.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
Honey: Handsome men with tattoos. Playing rock music really loud.
Seeing someone whom I cannot decide if they are pretty or ugly, and I just cannot stop staring.
What is your work about?
Honey: Life, love, hate, sensuality, sexuality, pain, pleasure, beauty in all its forms.
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?
Honey: It varies. Surprisingly often I know in my mind what I want before I start,
and surprisingly often it ends up going a totally different way. It is very unpredictable.
Honey: I’m sad to say but it is: “I’ll do it later”.
Currently, the best place for you in SL?
Honey: I love strange creative sims like Grauland. Beachy and desert type landscapes without too much clutter.
A question that moves you right now …
Honey: When will this pandemic end and life go back to normal?
Is there a work of art in your life that particularly impressed you?
Honey: Any photos by Paolo Roversi. Any movie by David Lynch.
What is art for you – now completely independent of the usual definitions?
Honey: It can communicate emotions and states of mind when words are not enough.
Was there a key experience or has the artist profession always been your dearest wish?
Honey: I have always painted and drawn and was encouraged from an early age to do so.
So I guess art as well as fashion and music was where I wanted to work.
What drives you?
Honey: Curiosity and desire. I very rarely lose my desire to work. I work when I should relax.
Do you feel understood with your art?
Honey: Yes and no. I don’t really care. Understanding is an individual journey.
Do you think that you can make a difference with your art?
Honey: I don’t really think about that at all. If I can, that’s great, but if no, that’s ok also.
Do you think that everyone is an artist?
Honey: Hm. No. Some are accountants.
Do you have any role models? If yes, which?
Honey: Many. My mum. Angela Davis. Madonna. Franca Sozzani. Strong, independent women.
What does the term art mean to you?
Honey: It means the ability to look.
To capture an emotion or idea or even just a fascinating light – or a glimpse of a dream you had forgotten.
Are there any topics that you are particularly interested in implementing?
Honey: I love fashion when it’s about more than selling clothes.
The variety of human sexuality.
Moral standards and who gets to decide what goes.
What is your strength?
Honey: Never giving up.
What was the best advice you have ever received in SL?
Honey: Don’t expect to get rich being a model. Become a stripper instead.
Your next projects, exhibitions. Where your art can be seen?
Current exhibition at Dixmix Gallery
Honey Bender’s Bio
“I have worked as a model/stylist in SL since 2006 with agencies like Aspire, Opium, Avenue, MAD, Scala and a bunch more, and published work on many renown SL fashion magazines.
For many years I had 2 fashion shops; Faster Pussycat and B E N D E R doing original mesh clothes and accessories with my partners in crime PoosyKat LittleBoots and Coeur Auer. But the event cirquit with its constant demands and dictating ideas killed my desire to create.”