Maloe Vansant has been in Second Life since 19 January 2007.
Maloe and me first met 12 years ago in SL, and since then we have been strongly bonded. For the last 6 years we have been almost inseparable. Our friendship is far out of the virtual space, full of trust, respect, hearty warm and crowned with strong empathy for the light full and also the dark sides of our personalities.
Maloe belongs to the group of people who are strongly guided by feelings and she is blessed with ability to touch our souls with her photography.
With skillful game between light, shadow, color and composition she creates works that appeal to us not only on the quality level, but also write stories of life and with it catch our thoughts and hearts.
As she says herself, art is not always just a beautiful picture or image of a person. In her photos we experience sorrow, pain, loneliness, death, birth, danger, joy, smile, touch, song, love story and much more.
I am always overwhelmed by Maloe’s work. As her friend I´m the lucky person who has the privilege to see many of her photos before anyone else and often we choose them together for the upcoming exhibition.
After doing the selection, I use to stand alone in front of her photos, understanding her feelings, the moment of happiness and joy, pain and desires, and I find myself immersed for hours in an inner-led story.
Afterwards, like after a thrilling movie, I need a moment to return to the world where I am.
Her pictures speak much more than words can express, and it is my great pleasure and honor to invite you dear Readers, to meet Maloe, one unique artist, amazing friend and truly great human!
Your life without art would be …
Maloe: 3 words … empty, boring, ugly.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
Maloe: paintings, magazines, photo’s, movies, video’s, music, fashion, wonderful fabrics-to make amazing clothes.
What is your work about?
Maloe: It is all about emotions, the things I feel at that moment, my dark side, touching edges , being a bit weird sometimes.
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?
Maloe: I have a chaotic brain, never have a plan, just start with something and search for the song what covers my mood from that moment.
Maloe: down to earth girl, I don’t believe in mantra’s.
Currently, the best place for you in SL?
Maloe: my sim, my private home, am sort of a hermit.
A question that moves you right now …
Maloe: where, what, with whom … shall I do radicle changes in my life? Do I have the courage for this? Do I have to move on and say goodbye to the past? I have to figure this out…
Is there a work of art in your life that particularly impressed you?
Maloe: Woman in blue reading by Johan Vermeer, its not such a big painting hanging in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, but it sanded out from all the other paintings around it, and I was drawn to it cached by that amazing color blue, you can only see on the real painting.
What is art for you – now completely independent of the usual definitions?
Maloe: art is for me something that catches me, flabbergasts me, I cant stop looking at, or music that moves me to tears and let it play on repeat, what makes me happy and gives me the thought to create things by myself.
Was there a key experience or has the artist profession always been your dearest wish?
Maloe: I don’t consider myself as an artist, I just discovered it by being in SL that I can create things that other people like too.
What drives you?
Maloe: I am an emo sucker, and emo drives me. My moods my pain, my dark sides.
Do you feel understood with your art?
Maloe: what I make is not so difficult to understand I just hope they feel the emotion in the pictures I make and they can be interpret it on their own emotions on that moment.
Do you think that you can make a difference with your art?
Maloe: no, I make it mainly for myself.
Do you think that everyone is an artist?
Maloe: we all create something … so yes, but not all can be considered as art and than we get that question again what’s art? What I see as art can be total different for others and been seen as rubbish.
Do you have any role models? If yes, which?
Maloe: Stephan Vanfleteren photographer, Steve McCurry photographer.
I wished I had their eye to make that perfect photo.
What does the term art mean to you?
Maloe: creativity giving a balance in your life, gives us hope, art isn’t always about beauty it can be dark and edgy, it can be shocking beautiful or shocking repulsive.
What is your strength?
Maloe: being silent and observe.
What was the best advice you have ever received in SL?
Maloe: “don’t get involved in love and partnerships”, what I blown in the wind.
Your next projects, exhibitions. Where your art can be seen?
Maloe: my next exhibition opening is on 21 August 2021 – 1 PM SLT @Dixmix Gallery
We celebrate with this exhibition deep friendship & 10 Years since my first exhibition at Dixmix Gallery!
Maloe Vansant Bio
*When I joined Second Life in 2007 a new world opened for me, because I never played games or joined any social network site. Second life was best of both worlds, at least for me and I am sure for many others.
After creating little Maloe, my Barbie doll, my pixel soul, I discovered the possibility of making snapshots and I started to make a graphic diary of Maloe’s journey in Second Life, showing the emotions she experienced in this pixel world. I think I succeeded in doing this by using some post processing in Photoshop.
I am not a woman of many words, I try to express myself, my feelings, my passion and probably my dark side through my pictures.” – Maloe Vansant